Sound & Its Effects: Yoga of Sound Introduction

  • Ancient Hindu texts describe the universe as being “vibratory in nature with sound being the very basis of all creation.” Modern science demonstrates that the entire universe is made up of vibrations of energy. (Learning Mind)
  • Sound refers to vibrations that we can hear. The vibrations, or sound waves, are formed by an oscillation of energy as it travels through a medium such as air, water or a solid object. (
  • “Sound healing” and “vibrational therapy” are terms for using sound vibration in a conscious way.
  • Producing sound causes the vocal cords to vibrate, creating a desirable healing and calming effect in the body and mind.
  • Vocalizing slows the breath rate and deepens the exhalation.
  • It focuses attention and tends to balance the emotions.

How Sound Works

Sound is made up of vibrations, or sound waves, that we can hear. These sound waves are formed by objects vibrating (shaking back and forth). Sound waves travel through air, water, and solid objects as vibrations. When they reach our ears, these waves make the delicate skin of the eardrums vibrate. The brain recognizes these vibrations as sounds made my different things. The size and shape of sound waves determines the kind of sound heard. –

Promote Healing, Insight, Creativity & Spiritual Growth

Mantras, or simple chants, are short phrases packed with energy and intention — specifically designed to generate powerful sound waves that promote healing, insight, creativity, and spiritual growth.  Sound is just a vibration in a medium such as air and water. In fact, modern physicists state that all matter in the entire universe may be observed as vibrations of energy. This theory is in congruence with the ancient Hindu assertion that the universe is vibratory in nature with sound being the very basis of all creation.  Hence, it can be inferred that one form of vibration (sound) can affect another form (matter). These powerful vibrations can help to influence the mind and aid the process of self-realization. – Medicine Buddha

How Does the Yoga of Sound Work?

Using vocal sound techniques in combination with postures effectively intensifies practice, focuses attention, deepens exhalation, increases circulation to the organs, and balances the emotions… Vocal sound techniques include humming, chanting simple syllables, chanting simple phrases that have certain meanings, and chanting more complete songs or prayers… The main factors that determine the effects of the sounds that are used are their particular vowels and consonants, their pitch, and their volume. – Gary Kraftsow