the power of chant & slience
w/ ann dyer
God honors me when I work
He loves me when I sing.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Ancient Hindu scriptures and contemporary scientists agree: the universe is composed of sound vibration. That includes us. Sound is the very fabric of our being. As such, we sound and we re-sound. Yogis across the centuries have harnessed the power of our intrinsic relationship to sound as fuel in their quest for achieving Realization.
Although sound has held a central role in yoga philosophy and practice since its beginnings, when yoga migrated to the west in the early 20th century the physical postures of yoga, or asanas, took center stage. Nada anusandhana, or Sound Yoga — which includes the practices of mantra japa, kirtan and naada yoga — all but disappeared from western yogic culture. That is, until now.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Sound Yoga in the west as people slowly begin to discover how the ancient practices of Sound Yoga can create positive change simply and quickly in their lives today.
Ann Dyer teaches Sound Yoga to students of all levels both nationally and internationally. She shares her knowledge and love of Sound Yoga through teacher trainings, private lessons, international Sight & Sound Tours and regular Sound Sadhanas at her studio in Oakland, Mountain Yoga. Her sessions in Sound Yoga are informative, experiential and include key sound understandings and practices to lighten the heart, clear the mind, and build community.