Ancient Sounds Gong Baths
in Derbyshire Staffordshire Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands
Gong /Sound Baths
Join us for a powerful experience with our unique gong bath. Let the sound penetrate your mind body and soul to help remove stagnant energy and leave the stresses of everyday life behind you.
You can expect a deeply relaxing space which helps combat stress and anxiety, quieting the mind, leaving you feeling stress free and calm. It is reported that 30 minutes in a gong bath is equivalent to 4 hours sleep! It boosts the immune system and aids circulation.
Every Gong Bath is a very personal experience, depending on where you are on your journey through life. Ancient Sounds may be your first or 101st experience of sound therapy but you will be warmly welcomed and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
During the gong bath the brain naturally goes into theta & alpha brain waves, which helps to promote a state of deep relaxation, clarity & meditation. Some people relax completely so that they fall asleep – if this happens your subconscious state of mind will continue with the healing process.
A brief history of drums and drum circles
Drums are among the earth's oldest musical instruments. Historically, most drums were made with some sort of animal skin stretched over a hollowed out wooden shell. Today, drums are also made of synthetic materials.
While the oldest known drum dates to 5500 B.C in China (wikipedia) it is widely understood that the greatest explosion of drum knowledge and drum rhythms came from Africa and this knowledge was promulgated by the African diaspora. Rhythms from the Middle East, Europe, India and Asia were later spread widely through the silk road trading routes.
Drumming seems to have had a place in every ancient culture.
There are countless examples of drums playing a part in sacred ritual. Shamans in many cultures used the drum as the "canoe" to transport the healer to an altered state of consciousness in preparation for healing. During the Sufi Zikr, groups of drummers play a simple rhythm over and over to accompany the whirling dervishes, helping them achieve a trance-state. In Hinduism, the damaru drum is associated with the god Shiva and the creation of spiritual power.
Drums had a more practical purpose helping villages communicate with each other in ancient Africa. Drums kept a beat for soldiers to march to in colonial times.
In Africa, drumming was a part of everyday life. Groups of drummers played (while dancers danced) at harvest rituals, solstice gatherings, fertility rituals, marriage ceremonies, and all manner of celebration.
So how did we get to drum circles? According to wikipedia "A drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself rather than preparation for a performance." Drum circles are playing a part in recreation, wellness, meditation, employee team-building and alternative therapy for a number of health conditions. With the increasing popularity of drum circles, group drumming is becoming more and more accessible around the globe to anyone regardless of experience level.
The applications for drumming are too many to fully name here. However you came to find this page, I hope you discover the joy and the power of drumming and drum circles!
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.:228–29:180:415:107 Scholars have found meditation difficult to define, as practices vary both between traditions and within them.
Meditation has been practiced since antiquity in numerous religious traditions, often as part of the path towards enlightenment and self realization. Some of the earliest written records of meditation (Dhyana), come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism. Since the 19th century, Asian meditative techniques have spread to other cultures where they have also found application in non-spiritual contexts, such as business and health.
Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being. Meditation is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects.
LOVE SOUND ?
Then you will love our workshops. Twice yearly we run a day workshop on sound therapy. Learn how to play the gongs quartz singing bowls and many other wonderful instruments.
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Yoga -Sound Bath
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A yoga session followed be a sound bath meditation
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The Sanskrit noun योग yoga is derived from the root yuj "to attach, join, harness, yoke".The word yoga is cognate with English "yoke".
The spiritual sense of the word yoga first arises in Epic Sanskrit, in the second half of the 1st millennium BCE, and is associated with the philosophical system presented in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with the chief aim of "uniting" the human spirit with the Divine.The term kriyāyoga has a technical meaning in the Yoga Sutras designating the "practical" aspects of the philosophy, i.e. the "union with the supreme" due to performance of duties in everyday life.
According to Pāṇini, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau ("to concentrate").In the context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the root yuj samādhau (to concentrate) is considered by traditional commentators as the correct etymology.In accordance with Pāṇini, Vyasa who wrote the first commentary on the Yoga Sutras,states that yoga means samādhi (concentration).
According to Dasgupta, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga ("to yoke") or yuj samādhau ("to concentrate").Someone who practices yoga or follows the yoga philosophy with a high level of commitment is called a yogi (may be applied to a man or a woman) or yogini (a woman).[