There’s no doubt about it, we’re pretty happy to be leaving the car crash of the year that was 2020 behind and approach the new year with optimism. And what better way to clear the route ahead than with a soul-cleansing sound bath?
For the uninitiated, a sound bath is a meditative practice whereby participants are bathed in sound waves created using sound frequencies from a range of instruments like gongs, chimes, crystal bowls, and RavVast. Intrigued? We went along to a sound bath hosted by Sophie Correia at Crossing Paths to find out what you can expect when you have a sound bath.
First of all, what to bring. Sophie provides bolsters, blankets and mats but if you’d like to supplement with your own blanket, pillow and mat from home please do. You’ll also want to grab your comfiest lounge set from 2020—think of it as a giant slumber party—you can even bring an eye mask. Next you’ll lie down in the calming space upstairs and prepare yourself for an hour of bliss. Following some short words of introduction from Sophie you’ll be invited to relax and let the sounds carry you away.
You won’t find regular rhythms and tunes being played here—the random notes you’ll hear are designed to help you meditate without your brain getting hooked on a beat. You’ll be forgiven for wanting to peek at Sophie at the front doing her thing—and it’s a sight to behold—but however you want to spend your time here is entirely up to you, there are no hard and fast rules.
Sound baths are thought to help with strengthening immunity, reducing physical pain, relieving stress, restoring emotional balance, improving sleep and amplifying creativity. And everyone’s experience will be different, but you should absolutely expect one of the best night’s sleep of your life after this sonic embrace. We are definitely converted, so we’ll see you there.
Book your place fast as these sessions always sell out.
What: Crossing Paths Sound Bath
Where: Basecamp Yoga, The Scrap Yard, 5B/18 Westmoreland St, Grey Lynn
When: 7:15pm – 8:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm and close at 7:15pm), next available dates 17, 24 January and 14 February 2021, or check here.
Get into the flow at one of Auckland's best yoga studios.
Image credit: Crossing Paths