The yoga of sound is a technique developed a few decades ago by Patrick Torre, founder of the Institute of the Arts of the Voice and master of yoga of sound.
How does yoga of the voice work?
His promise? Find harmony in us, evacuate the stress that assails us and ward off negative emotions thanks to the vibrations of our voice. A body-voice interaction that can be explained for Emmanuel Comte, researcher and composer, by the resonance effect :
“It is a known phenomenon in physics. The properties of these resonances are used as well in homeopathy, in architectural or instrumental acoustics. The spoken voice can influence the mind like the reassuring voice of the mother who calms her child. “
The body, transformed into a musical instrument composed of vowels and consonants associated with yoga postures, regains a feeling of uniqueness and well-being.
3 misconceptions about the yoga of sound
You have to know how to sing right. Not at all ! The voice resonates in the body of formulas, the famous mantras. These are phonemes made up of vowels and consonants. These bïjas mantras create vibrations which stimulate our energy centers.
You have to be very good at yoga. No ability is prerequisite. The body and the head harmonize to develop a quiet strength, a joie de vivre necessary for inner well-being that does not go through physical performance.
It’s more spiritual than physical. We can approach this yoga for therapeutic purposes, to feel better. But its final vocation is to bring together all that composes us, our energetic, mental and spiritual dimension. Patrick Torre says that it is about moving “from the existential being that we are to the essential being. “
The yoga of sound “is not a yoga of effort, says Monique Rousselle, professor of yoga of sound, it is a gentle practice of letting go and harmony. But without effort does not mean without discipline. You can’t put just any sound in just any posture. “
Better to be guided by a teacher who adapts the exercises to our requests. But we can start to practice at home : the ideal would be to institute a ritual, for example in the morning for two or three weeks and for a few minutes to initiate.
We adopt slow, deep breathing that never goes all the way. We close our eyes during the exercises which must remain easy to live with. And we give up if we find an unpleasant posture.
- On inspiration, we think of sound (with one or two exceptions noted).
- On the exhalation, it is blown or it is vibrated.
In order to find serenity and energy in twelve daily situations, Patrick Torre and Monique Rousselle guide us to raise our voices in the right posture.
Exercise 1: You have so much to worry about that you can’t sleep
Sound side. We come back to what we should have done, we can’t find rest. We calm our thoughts by the sound “Mmmm” pronounced with the mouth closed. This sound vibrates the head to the fontanel and causes a smile that emerges on our face. This sound anchors us in the present moment. We no longer plan anything, we enter a deep calm.
Posture side. We can practice this sound lying in bed, jaws relaxed, eyelids resting on the eyes, arms alongside the body, we inhale deeply and on the exhale we whisper the sound “Mmmm” visualizing the center of the forehead. We continue with normal breathing without sound and we start again.
Exercise 2: You feel scattered, you can no longer know what is priority and what not
Sound side. In the tumult of everyday life, going towards a state of meditation allows you to connect with yourself. The choices are gradually becoming clearer. To do this, practice the sound “Iii” without making it vibrate, just blown on the time to exhale. It is a rising sound that connects us to the sky, to what is above us, we feel it from the inside when we speak it.
Posture side. Lie down, raise your legs and buttocks, elbows on the ground place your hands under your loins, toes up to the sky. Maintain this posture of
the candle one to two minutes.
Exercise 3: You have the impression of always being in representation, of having to play a role
Sound side. This attitude is a defense, a protection, but it also turns into a straitjacket and takes us away from who we really are. Pronounce the sound “Saouhhh”, its bass midrange will resonate in your heart to help you find your authenticity. The sound “Sa” allows negative emotions to escape while the “ouhhh” released on the exhale brings us back to our interiority. It allows you to find its place.
Posture side. Sitting on your knees, palms open on the knees, back straight, pronounce 12 “Saouhhh” and continue by gently tilting the head towards the ground, the bust lying on the knees, arms alongside the body, forehead on the ground as a sign of humility. Hold this yoga mudra position for a minute or less
Exercise 4: You take the fly too easily, you get carried away for nothing
Sound side. To let this too strong emotional charge which resembles anger deflate, blow the sound “Che” in the exhale which is completely emptied.
on the “e”. At the same time, visualize the area of the liver which symbolically takes care of your negative emotions. Then, eyes still closed, on the inspiration, visualize the turquoise blue color, that of the South Seas.
Posture side. Sitting cross-legged, hands resting on the diaphragm, rotate the bust to the right on the inhale. Pronounce the sound “Che” on the exhale by coming back to the axis while brushing the liver of the hands and pushing them forward, as if you wanted to expel the negative emotions it contains.
Exercise 5: You go from overexcitement to depression, and vice versa without understanding why
Sound side. In this kind of whirlwind, it is a question of bringing back the calm in oneself. Say the sound “Hûm” to reconnect with yourself. The sound “Hû” (the U is always pronounced “Or” in the yoga of sound) is blown very deeply on the exhale, the “m” on which it ends allows to better taste the tone.
Posture side. Sitting on a chair, feet flat on the ground, place both hands open, palms facing the sky on top of each other at the level of the inside of your thighs. This allows you to close this posture in order to be able to conserve your energies. Gently close your eyes while you pronounce the sound “Hûm”.
Exercise 6: You are angry all the time even if you do not externalize it
Sound side. Try to release this emotion instantly rather than hold it back when you feel it rising. Say the “Ha” sound three times in a row and end on the “U” sound.
Posture side. Sitting with your back straight and palms of the hands open on the knees, breathe gently. Then, breathe in through your nose and breathe out the sound “Ha” three times in a row, inhale, then breathe out the sound “U” very slowly. The body and the face relax.
Exercise 7: You are afraid of everything, you feel that it is irrational
Sound side. Invite that diffuse worry to move away so that you can pick up the positive again. Pronounce the sound “Tchiouh” like a jet of water that bursts and escapes. Inhaling, visualize your kidneys where fear is lodged, then empty them of the tensions that have accumulated there at the same time as you suddenly let this sound leap out of your lips.
Posture side. Sitting on the edge of a chair, adopt the posture of a sphinx, elbows placed halfway on the knees while your forearms rest on it, back rounded, head slightly raised. By pronouncing the sound “Tchiouh” you will feel on the inhale like two small ears which swell at the level of the kidneys, then which empty with the release of the sound.
Exercise 8: You feel your body totally contracted while you are not making any effort
Sound side. The body is transformed into an airtight box which concentrates moral tensions. Relax him with the sound “Ahhh” which induces a sigh of relief.
Posture side. Lie on the floor, arms at your sides and yawn several times. Contract your muscles for 5 seconds, then release them for 5 seconds while exhaling the sound “Ahhh”. In this alternation, start with the lower muscles (feet, legs, thighs), those in the middle (glutes, abs) and end with those of the upper body (fists, arms, neck, face).
Exercise 9: You are tired … even on weekends
Sound side. During the day you lose as much energy as you gain. To keep it, inhale slowly with your mouth open while visualizing the strength of a mountain or a century-old oak tree. Then let the air escape through the nose very slowly by contracting the larynx slightly so that the flow of air makes a noise of friction on the vocal cords. This breathing technique is called “Ujjay”.
Posture side. Sitting on a chair, feet on the ground, hands resting on the thighs palms in the sky, slightly contract the perineal zone on the exhalation of the sound while folding the fists while the lower abdomen returns towards the spine when the sound lengthens .
Exercise 10: You are rushed by time, you feel like you are always late
Sound side. To keep a little distance from your actions, think about the sound “Aïm”. It makes the head resonate up to the fontanel and allows one to distance oneself from one’s mind.
Posture side. Adopt an inverted position that allows you to block the flow of thoughts, either the position of the candle or that of the clamp. Legs slightly bent, feet a little apart, gently tilt the body and head forward, the hands coming towards the feet.
Exercise 11: You doubt yourself, you feel like you will never get there
Sound side. It’s about regaining your self-confidence. Pronounce the sound “So’Ham”, it means “I am that”, a way of asserting your identity. The sound “So” is lengthened and pronounced on the first exhale, the “Ham” sound drier, is pronounced on the second exhale.
Posture side. Sitting on a chair, hands open on your knees, stand in front of a large opening to face the horizon. After having pronounced the “So’Ham”
out loud and making them vibrate, chain them without making them vibrate. Inhale the universe on the sound “So” and exhale towards the universe on the sound “Ham” by visualizing the accomplishment of your projects as if to materialize them.
Exercise 12: You panic at the slightest thing that is asked of you
Sound side. Free yourself from this feeling of threat and regain internal security by pronouncing the sound “A Ha”. Inhale the sound “A” and blow the sound “Ha”, they draw a smile on your face.
Posture side. Sitting cross-legged, back straight, hands behind the neck, inhale the “A” and blow the “Ha” by gently turning the bust to the right, rest for a second without blocking your breathing, then come back on your axis. Repeat two or three times before doing the same left side. Finally, bring your hands to the sides of the body and blow a “Haaa” of pleasure.