Free Your Voice: Awaken to Life Through Singing [NOOK Book]

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Science is beginning to prove what ancient cultures fully embraced: your voice can become one of the most powerful agents of transformation in every facet of your life. Free Your Voice offers you the liberating insights and personal instruction of music healing legend Silvia Nakkach, whose four-decade immersion in the voice as a creative force makes her a uniquely qualified educator. ...

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Free Your Voice: Awaken to Life Through Singing

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Overview

NOTE: The ebook does not contain the audio component included in the original printed edition.

Science is beginning to prove what ancient cultures fully embraced: your voice can become one of the most powerful agents of transformation in every facet of your life. Free Your Voice offers you the liberating insights and personal instruction of music healing legend Silvia Nakkach, whose four-decade immersion in the voice as a creative force makes her a uniquely qualified educator. With co-author Valerie Carpenter, Silvia shows how to reclaim the healing potential of your voice (regardless of training or experience) through more than 100 enjoyable exercises that are steeped in spiritual tradition and classical vocal technique and backed by the latest science.


Free Your Voice invites us to "savor a banquet of our own divine sounds" as we practice breathwork, chant, and other yogic techniques for emotional release, opening to insight, and much more. Here is a definitive resource for implementing the voice as an instrument of healing and fulfillment, exploring:



"With regular practice," writes Silvia, "vocalizing, singing, and chanting become an ordinary miracle that effortlessly leads you to a sense of self-confidence, compassion, and Love Supreme." Free Your Voice is your guide to discovering, opening, and revealing the full potential of your own voice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604078336
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 846,030
  • File size: 732 KB

Table of Contents

Guided Audio Practices xi

Foreword Mitchell L. Gaynor xiii

Preface Valerie Carpenter xvii

Introduction: A Letter from Silvia xxi

Invocation xxv

Chapter 1 Learning from the Birds 1

My Secret Religion 2

Who Is Singing? 3

The Yoga of the Voice 5

How to Use This Book 6

Chapter 2 Music as Medicine: Why it's Good to Sing Every Day 11

Born to Sing 13

A Musical Path to Health 14

Fountain of Youth 16

Fast Track to Relax 19

Say Yes to NO 21

Multivitamin for the Brain 23

Take Your Ears to the Gym 24

Singing to Change the Brain 27

Transforming Emotions 31

Comfort in Community 33

Warming Heart, Melting Mind 35

Chapter 3 Permission to Sing 37

Cultivating Familiarity 40

Building a Chanting Refuge 41

Singing with a Drone 43

Dharana: The Flashlight of Attention 46

The Teacher Within 48

Your First Assignment: Banning Illegal Language 50

Chapter 4 Our Mystical Instrument 53

Musical Materialism 54

The Voice as a Musical Instrument 56

Care and Feeding of the Voice 58

Tone as a Spiritual Reality 60

Chapter 5 The Body of the Voice 63

The Four Corners of the Feet 64

The Singing Spine 65

Inward Singing 68

The Wings of the Voice 70

The Belly 72

The Chest 73

The Throat 76

The Head 78

The Lips 80

Chapter 6 In the Beginning, There Was Nothing but Nada 83

Sound: The Creator 84

Outer, Inner, and Secret Sound 86

Nada Yoga: Voice as Energy 87

The Unstruck Sound 90

Resonance of a Spiritual Kind 93

Sound: The Transformer 95

Shabda Yoga: Yoga of the Word 96

Bija: Planting the Seed 98

Voice as the Breath of God 99

Chapter 7 The Yoga of the Voice: From Breath to Chant 101

YOV Operating System 102

Read Me First! 103

Breath 104

Sound 107

Tone 110

Seed Syllables 113

Invocation 118

Vocal Meditation 120

Mantra 124

Prayer 126

Chant 129

Chapter 8 Music à la Mode 135

Sargam: A Musical Alphabet 136

Melody: Horizontal Music 141

In the Mood 144

The Search for Meaning 149

Harmony: Vertical Music 151

Rhythm: Measurable Music 155

Duration 157

Nature's Pulse 159

Raga 161

Rasa 165

Cosmic Music: Medicine Melodies 168

Spiritual Melodicism 171

Back to the Forest 172

Chapter 9 Designing Your Practice 175

Staying on the Path 178

Points of Entry 180

Espressivo/Contemplativo 183

108 Strategies for Vocal Improvisation 185

Finale 199

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 205

Glossary 211

Resources 221

About the Authors 229

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