A shining star in literary circles, Shinie Antony is the founder of the Bangalore Literature Festival. Her latest book, The Girl Who Couldn’t Love, is a haunting tale of twisted relationships. Shinie’s world of sparkling words and glittering events can get quite hectic. So when Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore, in association with the Dhyaana School of Wellbeing, invited us to experience a session of sound healing, we invited her to savour a slice of silence. Listen:
“What is the opposite of noise pollution? Maybe it is not silence but cautious conscious listening. Just like cacophony can kill the eardrums, whispers that carry scented candles and soothing cadences, some music and a bit of breeze, could perhaps seep straight into souls.
Existence has never seemed more combative; emotional, physical, spiritual, financial… areas that turn into arenas multiply by the minute. Into this hectic turmoil and mortal fatigue comes our quest for a pause, a kind of comma that can refresh and return us to the battlefield a little less jittery, a little more rested.
The path to inner healing is strewn with aromatic offerings and flutes played at sunset; the restlessness deep within us is well-versed with the individualistic response to unique methods. Sound healing steals into our hearing a little like that, like a lullaby to our fears and anxieties. Like someone saying, shh, it’s alright.
On offer at the Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore, in association with the Dhyaana School of Wellbeing, are sound healing sessions as a part of their wellness initiative. I am not sure what I expected before arriving there breathless but punctual, but just the simple act of lying down, stripped of all expectations, was calming. I spied the instruments – singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, Tibetan healing sound bowls – arranged on the floor. The bowls, as I understood, were going to create an energy that would dance its way into me, chasing away the blues.
Eyes closed, I submitted to the various vibrations going bell-like into my system. The result was… sleep. Insomnia, which usually haunts me into the small hours of the morning, was noticeably absent. I had no defence against this insidious relaxing. The sounds rippled in my body, turning my blood to lazy streams with paper-boats in it. I dozed off on my back and dozed off again on my stomach when asked to turn over, till healer Srinivas V’s soft voice asked me to wake up, slowly. He said I’d just experienced a Theta state rather than a mundane nap — a dose of deep, deep relaxation.
Sound healing is a practice that involves sounds and vibrations in order to relax and heal the body. Non-invasive, it’s one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing. It claims to bring in mental and emotional clarity; beat depression, migraine and joint pains; de-stress; balance the chakras; and, like I found out, induce sleep. It is also said to help to synchronise with our inborn root frequency.
Priced between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 3,000, the sessions range from 60 to 75 minutes and include sound detox, detox for insomnia, sound meditation and healing through sound.
Life can get to you. It terrorizes and holds you hostage to vague anxieties or fleeting lows. The body grows heavy, clumsy, and the mind is a klutz. Maybe you could give sound healing a try then. It could take the weight off you, clear mental cobwebs and provide an oasis in the middle of a nowhere kind of day.”
Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangalore in association with Dhyaana School of Wellbeing has introduced sound healing sessions as a part of their wellness initiative. These transformative, relaxing therapy sessions range from 60 to 75 minutes and are exclusive sessions that need to be booked 24 hours in advance.
Registration contact – +91 9975676737