Curious about the Autumn Equinox sound bath meditation, but not exactly sure what to expect? No problem, we’ve got you covered.
A sound bath is a relaxing, meditative experience that provides you with a way to quiet your mind and provide stress relief through a listening experience. The sound stimulates circulation and the immune system, cleanses our energy and helps release emotions stored in our body.
So, how does it work?
You don’t need any methodical know-how or clever kit to participate. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done a down dog or even know what a singing bowl looks like. All you have to do is show up and let the sound waves do their thing.
If you find meditation intimidating or difficult to practice, or you’re not sure where to begin a sound bath is a great way to experience the benefits. International sound therapist Tara Atwood will guide you through meditation as she surrounds the room with vibration using a variety of sound bowls. As she plays, try to focus on the sounds, your breath and being present – just allow the mind to relax as the body becomes submerged in sound.
How should I dress?
Yoga clothes or workout clothes make the most sense, whatever you’re most comfortable wearing. The meditation begins with a bit of movement as you explore meditation, so layers are good. The room will be warm, but as the sound bath begins body temperature tends to drop so it’s nice to have layers nearby. Also, be prepared to kick off your shoes – socks are fine if you want to leave those on.
Do I need to bring anything?
Bring a yoga mat (we have a few for rental), a bottle of water and an open mind. The goal here is to get comfortable. We have bolsters, pillows and blankets for use, but feel free to bring your own or anything you need to help you relax.
How will I feel after?
Each experience is different. You may leave feeling energized or you may feel sleepy, maybe even emotional. It really depends on your energy and where you are in your physical space in the days leading up to a sound bath. However you feel afterward, honor it. Rest if you feel tired, hydrate, fuel your body with a grounding meal.
What is the autumn equinox?
Technically speaking, the equinox is an astronomical event caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and orbit around the sun. At equinox, days and nights are equal in length because the sun passes directly over the equator. We have equinox twice a year, spring and fall.
Linguistically speaking, equinox comes from two Latin words meaning “equal” and “night.”
The autumn equinox comes with change. You’ve probably already started to notice the change in the temperature, the leaves are starting to change color and the night is getting darker sooner. It’s the time of the year to harvest the things planted.
It’s a time to acknowledge how our lives go through cycles (just as we see in nature) and to come back to your intentions that you set earlier in the year. It’s time to create internal space for what’s to come next year by listening to what’s within us.
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Still curious? There’s no danger in trying a sound bath and, who knows, it could turn out to be just what the doctor ordered. Tara joins us on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.