‘Sound bath’ coming to Cave of the Winds in Colorado Springs | Live Well – Colorado Springs Gazette

Posted: March 6, 2020 at 3:45 am

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Perhaps youve plunked your backside on a cushion and given meditation the old college try, only to have your mind spin off into a cacophony of thoughts.

You got up, tossed the cushion in the closet and said to heck with that. OK, fair enough (though it couldnt hurt to try again). Dont give up on meditation altogether, though. It could be your beautiful mind simply needs a little something to hang onto. Handily enough, music and sound can help still your mind and stop the crushing mountain of thoughts.

Yoga Studio Satya will offer its first meditation sound journeys at Cave of the Winds on March 21 and May 17. Its also the first time an event of its ilk has been offered at the tourist attraction. Space is limited, and reservations are required.

The acoustics of the environment will enhance the sounds of the wide variety of instruments Amanda Neufeld and her husband, Colten Peed, will play inside Canopy Hall, the first cave visitors explore on many of the tours offered at the cave.

Often peoples minds have a hard time stopping, and meditation is elusive, says Neufeld, co-owner of Yoga Studio Satya and an E-RYT 500 (experienced-registered yoga teacher with 500 hours of yoga teacher training). When you bring in layers of sounds, your thoughts start to dissipate. When thoughts dissolve and were totally within ourselves, its a state of oneness.

During the 90-minute sound bath, the duo will play meditation and crystal sound bowls, harmonium, gong, didgeridoo, hang drums, a rain drum, egg shakers and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring camping chairs or warm blankets to sit on. Though the ground is concrete, its cold in the cave about 55 degrees.

For those who fear feeling claustrophobic, Canopy Hall is fairly large, about 200 feet by 30 feet by 60 feet, says Ann Miller, Cave of the Winds operations manager. But if it begins to feel like too much, people can exit easily and quickly.

Sound healing is thousands of years old, says Neufeld, and works through vibration. Without even realizing it, we use sound to stir up different emotions and mindsets. We might listen to certain songs or artists to pump ourselves up when we exercise. Or listen to sad love songs when were brokenhearted.

Consider how different genres of music make you feel: How does the sound frequency of heavy metal or rap music affect you? It can be agitating to some nervous systems. What about wind chimes and rainfall sounds? Those are sounds many find soothing.

If it all sounds like malarkey to you, a 2016 study on the effects of Tibetan singing bowl meditation on mood, anxiety, pain and spiritual well-being might change your mind. The study found that following the sound meditation, participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue and depressed mood.

We are all energy and also a lot of water, says Neufeld. The impact of sound goes into every cell and tunes the instrument of our own being. Its a powerful thing to work with sound.

Even if youre a nonbeliever in the healing power of sound and vibration, its still worthy of experiencing.

Instruments sound really pretty. (The cave) has great acoustics, says Miller. Weve done choirs in the cave for that reason. I know it sounds great.

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