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We Didgeri-did It ....

October 21, 2010 - Phyllis Sigal
I do believe I need to have digeridoo music playing full time in my life.


Because "the didgeridoo," which "is an ancient musical instrument and powerful tool," according to the website, "can help lift an individual's vibration back to a less chaotic and natural rhythm."

Anything that says "less chaotic" ... well, I'm in.

Mary Ann Manning and Corner Fitness in Barnesville hosted a "Yoga with the Digeridoo: A Sound Healing Experience" at Corner Fitness this month.

Sound therapy, again according to the website, "is based on the theory that all life vibrates at various frequencies and specifically the human body has multiple vibrational frequencies that can slip 'out of tune' due to emotional or energetic stagnation. When these frequencies are 'out of tune' they can lead to physical and emotional health issues."

Well, I'm sure we've all felt "out of tune" from time to time in our lives.

Cathy Irish and I, who both go to Julia Payne's yoga classes, decided to venture west for the down under experience.

Joseph Carringer of Ancient Voices Harmonic Therapy in Portsmouth, N.H., played the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo for the class. He's been playing the instrument for more than a decade and using it as a meditative tool in his "personal shamanic journey" and for therapy for his clients.

Carringer explained a bit about what was going to transpire that evening, then Donna Dyer from Yoga H'om in Pittsburgh, led the class through yoga poses. Each pose along with the accompanying didgeridoo sound affected each of our seven chakras. (Chakras are defined as "force centers or whorls of energy permeating from a point on the physical body," according to Wikipedia.)

According to Carringer's website, the didgeridoo affects us on three basic levels:

1. Ultra Sound: The didgeridoo produces ultra sound frequencies similar to the frequencies used by medical practitioners for a wide range of muscular skeletal therapies. This low frequency producing characteristic of the didgeridoo creates a no-touch "sound massage" and has been reported to provide similar results as traditional ultra sound treatments and relieve a wide range of joint, muscular and skeletal related pain.

2. Clearing of Energetic and Emotional Stagnation: The didgeridoo's sound is an effective tool in releasing stored negative energy and/or emotional stagnation.

3. Meditation and Mind Body Healing: Meditation is the foundation of mind-body health. Modern human culture has created an unnatural de-evolution away from our meditative mind-body connection. The didgeridoo's unique sound enables listeners to achieve deep meditative brainwave states of theta and delta quickly and easily.

Well, I'm not sure about the ultra sound part, but as far as releasing stored negative energy and deep meditative brainwave states, I'd say he was right on with that didgeridoo.

I don't think I've feel that relaxed since my last massage.

I felt that the yoga poses came more easily with the soothing, yet unusual, sound of the didgeridoo. (Take a listen: Maybe that was because I was listening to the vibrations and not concentrating as much on how I was doing the poses. The instrument was much louder than I expected, and the sound filled the room with vibrations. The vibrations were definitely felt by my body, especially when lying on my yoga mat.

In Julia's yoga class, when we work to stimulate our chakras, we chant seven mantras, each one correlating with a different chakra: lum, vum, rum, yum, hum, shum and om. I heard some of those, or at least I thought that I did, from the didgeridoo as we moved through the chakras during the class. This was the part of the class when I felt as if I was "getting it." (I hope I'm right!)

The website also states: "In today's world, a never-ending chorus of unnatural, manmade sounds and vibrations surrounds us. When surrounded by the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo, your personal space becomes a clear and quiet moment whose sound is as old as humanity itself."

Yep, I'm in for sure. A clear and quiet moment in my personal space sounds pretty perfect to me.


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