The Power of Chakras and Singing
Though I have always been a musically expressive person, when I first heard about the chakras, I actually did not believe they were real. The idea of having seven major points that governed certain organs in my body, radiating different colors and notes, and spinning clockwise when in balance seemed a bit strange to me. It was not taught to me in school (as it is to children in India) and seemed irrelevant, so I went on with my life and just thought the man with the rainbow along his spine was some strange “New Agey” thing.
It wasn’t until I was faced with healing an 8 inch scar along my CORE, that I was motivated to explore the idea that maybe if I could put this knowledge to good use, I would heal faster. We all know the worst place for a singer to have a wound – outside of the throat, is the abdomen.
You might be wondering how I got the scar. That’s another story – but to condense: the good old Western medicine doctors made a mistake and nicked my bowel by accident while performing a laparoscopy. Due to an allergic reaction I had to the Morphine the hospital had been pumping into my veins as a pain killer, my body had cleansed itself of every toxin imaginable. I was so thin and so weak, I could barely lift my arms. I had to learn how to sit up in bed and how to walk again. I had to build my lung capacity by blowing into a tube to make the little balls rise above the line. When I was finally able to walk and get my lungs working properly again, they released me. I left the hospital weighing a mere 98lbs at 5 ft 9. Doctors told me I had 6-8 months to heal. I was hopeful, but pretty overwhelmed and knew I had to heal way faster than that if I wanted to survive.
So…we could say I was in desperate need of healing–fast. Honestly I think the universe knew that if I hadn’t been so sick, I would not have been as motivated to learn about chakras…which in turn, changed my life. The connection that I was able to make with my body, my energy and my breath taught me that I am much more powerful than I thought, and that my breath, energy and intention can literally shift my vibration and generate healing in my body.
I also learned that my voice alone has the power to heal my body and that my cells really do respond to sound. I also learned that I could expand my voice–make it wider, more full more powerful, and that it could touch many hearts when I allowed it to touch my own.
Every day, as I developed a practice regiment, more light and knowledge poured into my mind and within two weeks, I was riding my bike with my little dog. I wasn’t fully healed, but well on my way, and over time, I was able to take the amazing things I learned and teach them to my students. The C.O.R.E acronym was birthed and provided a structure for singers to not only gain physiological advantages in their voice, but also mental and emotional advantages and opened and healed the soul. I realized through healing myself, that the well-being and power of my voice relied way more than my thoughts and feelings than I had ever imagined. Suddenly, I was witnessing more powerful vocal transformations in my students than ever, and the rest is history.
Now, for the first time after 7.5 years of research, putting these tools to practice, and teaching them worldwide, I’ve decided to get a small group together and teach the best of what I know with regards to breath, intention, energy and unlocking the voice. I know people can go anywhere and be told, “you are singing too sharp or too flat” or “you are singing from your throat and not your diaphragm” or “you are holding back.” But I’m going to be answering – what is the root of WHY a person is doing that, and how they can learn to over-ride that sort of thing naturally. It’s about bringing people back to center. It’s about working at a whole new level and unlocking the true vibration of the individual. At the end of the day, we care when we feel moved by a person’s voice. All the technique in the world may not be able to teach you how to do that. Technique is important, but it’s so much easier to learn if it becomes the last step because you have the other CORE components under your belt.
If you want to learn more about what I have to say on Chakras and Beyonce, click here to and scroll down watch a radio show interview.
If you want to learn more about how to heal yourself and activate your chakras through breath and tone click here to read my recently published article.
HEALED BY OUR VOICE
When we sing, we have to come to terms with what we feel inside, because we’re letting it out. If we’re not “in alignment” then it’s not going to be a positive experience for us. Unlike sports, such as tennis, which involves the coordination of our body connected to a tennis racket, hitting a ball (all outward – not as risky), singing requires the coordination of our mind and inner thoughts connected to our feelings sending energy through our vocal folds out into the world. Therefore, if we have any deep seated “issues” they will most certainly be expressed out into the world when we sing. This feels much more risky because it’s connected to our soul.
In order to feel safe as a singer and heal my body, I was able to beneﬁt from practicing these 3 things:
1. My 4x4x8 CORE breathing to clear my mind
2. Setting daily goals or an intention with the energy that I wanted to feel during the day. (Example – peaceful)
3. Resonating (sustaining notes beginning with “mmm” and then vowels focused on each
chakra. I practiced becoming strong in each vowel and center of my body.
From there, I was able to do vocal exercises and get way more out of them because my mind and soul were prepared. Singing felt even more powerful and freeing.
If you practice daily, eventually, breathing with chakra awareness (or inner awareness) will become a natural part of your existence, and you will ﬁnd yourself more often in a state of natural balance and peace. When you resonate (sing), if issues arise, you are able to express them and move through them. If your voice sounds shaky, that’s your chakra trying to balance itself out. Love what comes up for you and continue in your empowered singing journey.