Chanting the vowel sounds creates resonance and heightened awareness in
different regions of the body. We start at the heart and spiral outward to the throat, abdomen, head, base of the body and crown, moving from the energetic center outwards.
Find a comfortable seated position and begin to take the breath into the belly. Inhale down into the belly and exhale relaxing the belly. On your next breath begin sounding the following sounds at your speaking pitch so that the chanting is comfortable and creates the best resonance for you.
Ahhh at the Heart
AAA at the Throat
OOO at the Belly (lips very round)
EEE in the Head (smile wide with the mouth)
UUU at the Tailbone
MMM at the Crown
Repeat this vowel spiral at least three times through
ending with Ahh at the Heart. Notice how it resonates within your body and creates greater awareness of these chakra regions. You may feel that some of the places resonate greatly and others are a bit more sleepy. Continue with your practice until you can feel all of the regions equally.
This post comes couretsy of Ann Dyer who graciously leads the Vak Choir. Find out more at www.songofbecoming.org
I attend Cheryl's class regularly and feel that my practice has improved immensely over the past few years due to her expert coaching. Her teaching style is clear and compassionate and her previous experience in teaching adults is evident in her organized approach and easy to understand instructions. I also appreciate that Cheryl not only teaches us about how to correctly position ourselves, but also touches on many aspects of yoga philosophy, which in turn has deepened my personal practice and heightened my awareness of the connection between mind and body, breath and relaxation.