Nada (from Sanskrit “Nāda” -sound) yoga – Yoga of sound – is the process of self-realization through the agency of sound
(Read also Nada Yoga – From External Sounds to Transcendence)
Does Nada yoga imply work with internal or external sounds?
The Existence is not divided into external and internal one; it exists as an indivisible whole. Nada Yoga, as well as many other types of yoga, aims at achieving a transcendent state of mind, beyond conditionality, affections, divisions. The sounds used for practicing Nada yoga – function as tools, catalysts, propelling you to a state of silence, where even the sounds themselves are absent.
Would any kind of meditative music be suitable for the practice of Nada yoga?
Not really. In our case, the music should actively function, i.e. it should be designed with a view to achieving a certain state of consciousness. These compositions are designed for meditating persons, turned on by this kind of music.
Is Nada yoga practiced in a group or on one’s own?
Group practice (3 to 10 persons) aims at multiple amplification of the effect of entering the meditative state.
You can also practice Nada yoga alone (for certain reasons or due to your individual characteristics), at home, outdoors and so on. In any case, before you join the group training, individual preparatory training sessions at home are highly recommended.
What poses are to be taken?
Preference is given to lying pose (Savasana) or classic sitting pose (on a chair). Poses are not to be changed for the whole duration of the session.
Is there a Guru in the group?
Music is the Guru you need to trust in and be fully open to.
What is the length of a session?
About an hour.
What meditation techniques are employed in Nada yoga training?
What should be the mode of communication among the participants of Nada yoga sessions? What themes can be addressed before and after the session?
The most important rule is not to break silence by beginning to talk for 10 – 15 minutes after the session. The Spoken Words will take a person, immersed in his Inner Self, from the depth to the periphery of consciousness and therefore it is categorically recommended to observe silence. Communication among the participants before and after the session is not prohibited🙂. Practitioners should realize that the best form of communication with each other is that from heart to heart, in a state of Quiet!