Silence – What Does It Mean To You? Or The Art Of Nada Yoga

Recently, in our name-share-circle (that’s right before we start our yoga practice), we shared what silence means to us.  The question was, what image, word, feeling or felt sense comes up the moment you are asked this question?  What does silence mean to you?

Below are some of the shared answers.  I find them inspiring. You?

Calmness Harmony Beautiful
Can only be felt, cannot be described with words Reading a book Space
The absence of all the noises in my head who tell me I should do this that and the other Swimming under water No sound
The resonance in the silence Stillness Mindful speech
A forest The Chapel of Silence in Helsinki Coming home to a quiet and empty house
Peace The absence of a regular activity/person/thing Being on my own
Clearly hearing the sounds of nature Absence of noise Freedom

We went on to feel silence in our yoga practice.  We were feeling for the silence in our bodies, in our breath and in our minds.  This quote adds another dimension to the idea of silence.

If there is no stillness, there is no silence.

If there is no silence, there is no insight.

If there is no insight, there is no clarity.

-Tenzin Priyadarshi-

This brings me to share with you the concept of Anahata Nada – the unstruck sound.

Anahata Nada is an idea out of the tradition of Nada Yoga.  Nada yoga is commonly referred to as the classical term for yoga of sound.  In this particular case, it is the yoga of meditation, a Hindu Tradition, where sound is used to enter into silence and presence.  At a basic level silence is an absence of noise.  The concept is though that there is an underlying continuous silence underneath all sounds.  The Art of Anahata Nada.  It is through deep listening that we can hear these layers of silence.  We can discover what sound and music reveal to us in the silence that follows sound.  We can also hear the silence as we make sounds.  In yoga practice we can listen to the silence around, beyond and between the breaths.  We can listen with our whole physical body.  We can even go further to hear the silence as we do all our daily activities.

There is an opportunity to experience Anahata Nada in our next community Kirtan here in the studio on April 19th with Cara and her partner Marcus, playing harmonium and drums, and chanting Mantras with us.

When:                   Sunday, 19th April, afternoon 4-5.30pm.

Cost:                      $30 per person; $50 per family/couple (2 or more ppl).

Book via sign-in sheet in class, or via email bettina@theartofbalance.com.au

I’m looking forward to sharing this heart felt practice with you.  Together let’s enjoy sound and silence.