Nada is the music without the keys, the sounds without the strings – Nada is the inner music that pervades our whole being. In the same way that the fragrance is in the flower and the reflection is in the mirror, so the Nada (Sound) is within you. Seek it in your own Self…
Nada is translated as “sound” and “the flow of consciousness.” Yoga is “unity” or “to unite.” The practice of Nada Yoga takes us into the realm of the subtle flows of energy within our own being, using the medium of sound.
Everything in the universe is composed of energy and wave forms at varying degrees of vibration and levels of subtlety. This vibration exists in atoms, molecules, minerals, plants, animals and within our own body, mind and emotions. It is this vibration which creates movement and sound.
Movement and sound exists on obvious and very subtle planes of existence. As our perception becomes more sensitive and heightened, the more subtle planes of existence can be understood and experienced. It is these subtle sounds of our own existence that can be used as a focal point for retracing consciousness back to its source.
Nada Yoga has 4 stages or degrees of subtlety:
Baikhari – Sound produced by striking two objects: speech and music
Madhyama – Subtle, almost inaudible: whispering
Pasyanti – More subtle, mental vibration: sound heard by the mind, not the ear
Para Nada – Transcendental sound
In Nada Yoga we use sound vibration to help us rediscover and reconnect the inner music that continually plays within us. Yoga is a means to connect the external with the internal – uniting our external being with our internal awareness. Nada Yoga is the process of using inner sound as a focal point of concentration, connection and meditation.
Music draws our awareness inward and sharpens our inner perception. When we can introvert our awareness, various subtle (psychic) inner sounds can be distinguished. As we fine tune this awareness, the sound of our inner being – the Self – can be realized. As our awareness is heightened and as we become more sensitized to our internal wisdom, we experience inner sounds as an instrument to harmonize our whole being on a very deep level.
Nada Yoga is the concept and practice of using sound to transcend from the physical plane of life and existence to the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of being.
© Copyright 2012 – All Elements Yoga – Gail Seckrettar
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