The sound of your voice is an expression of your personality and a recognisable key to your mind, body relationship. If that relationship is unbalanced and you feel your life is out of whack, a quick check of the sound vibrational tone of your voice and chakras is a key indicator of where the tilt lies. One of the signs of progress on the path of Yoga is a beautiful voice. 1
As a trainer of spoken vocal technique (thevoicepro) I find chakra vibrational therapy a powerful tool in personal transformation. By concentrating on the chakras you can gain self-knowledge to discover where negative traits have led to energy blocks and develop protective mechanisms.2 Practically speaking you can then reach a higher state of consciousness achieving more peace and balance in your life.
Tension is the killer to creating a beautiful voice. It effects good posture, tightens the throat, reduces lung volume capacity restricting the organs of articulation. We are vibrational bodies dependent on breath and self-awareness to project a clear resonant and articulate vocal tone.
This means that the colours of the chakras are visualized, and sounds are intoned to set the chakra wheels energies in motion to specific asana in practice. The technique incorporates asana movement, conscious breath and vocal sound vibration.
Recently an experienced teacher mentioned her voice wasn’t “quite right” and asked for assistance with her vocal problems.
In a private voice coaching session she explained that she was inherently shy, but loved teaching and felt confident in her teaching abilities. However self-image and nervous tension were preventing her from sounding authentic in commanding her audience and personal relations. Issues of a rigid uneasy physical posture and movement also contributed to constricted breath, vocal tone, resonance, articulation and projection issues.
By intoning the voice to the piano for pitch from above and below middle C on A, and intoning the scale from A to C, clear vocal constrictions could be felt and heard in the chakra centres.
Lack of vocal range was established indicating blockages in the first, fourth and fifth chakras. I was able to see common ground between the specific chakra sounds and their energetic system combined with specific asana as being beneficial in allowing the natural voice to be heard.
To help ground in the base chakra Muladhara – we intoned the sound LAM in the asanas. We used poses to warm up, stretching and strengthening toes and feet by sitting cross legged in Gomukasana (Cow Face Pose) and interlacing fingers between the toes, reaching from the sole to the top of the foot and leaning forward. Standing in Uttanasana (Forward Bend) and Lunging, stretching the hamstrings.
The fourth chakra, the heart chakra Anahata – we intoned the sound YAM in the asanas. They engaged and enlivened the heart including passive chest openers in which we gently opened the shoulders in the arm positions of Gomukasana and Garudasana (Eagle Pose). A gentle back bend Anahata Asana (Heart Pose) released feminine energy, melting fear and instilling the quality of joy.
The fifth chakra, the throat chakra Visuddha – we intoned the sound HAM in the asanas. Located in the neck, throat, jaw and mouth, the chakra resonates with our inner truth and conveys the sound of our voice to the outside world. Interestingly a deficiency in this chakra can be a fear of speaking. The vibrations of sound in particular had a purifying effect on the body. In this case Gate Pose, Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), Halasana (Plow Pose), and Ustrasana (Camel Pose) were beneficial for opening the pranic energy.
1 Light On Yoga BKS Iyengar
2 Yoga Inge Schops