The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant

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The eye dominates the world, calculating and evaluating through the visual. Yet sound and music are the essential carrier waves of consciousness. For thousands of years, Hindu spirituality has understood the profound effect that sound has on human well-being. Largely unknown in the West, yet developing alongside the popular form of hatha yoga that has swept the world, the yoga of sound is a 3,500-year-old spiritual system for reducing stress and maintaining health.

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Overview

The eye dominates the world, calculating and evaluating through the visual. Yet sound and music are the essential carrier waves of consciousness. For thousands of years, Hindu spirituality has understood the profound effect that sound has on human well-being. Largely unknown in the West, yet developing alongside the popular form of hatha yoga that has swept the world, the yoga of sound is a 3,500-year-old spiritual system for reducing stress and maintaining health.

In this inspiring book and accompanying CD, renowned musician and teacher Russill Paul explores the four powerful streams of this system: mantras (sound), mudras (sacred gestures), pranayama (breath control), and dhyana (meditation). Like his award-winning music, Paul's presentation of this ancient tradition is accessible for modern Western tastes and lifestyles. In lucid exercises presented both in the book and the CD, Paul shows how everyone can learn the art of mantra simply by training the voice, and how these practices can help reduce stress, enhance emotional well-being, and optimize the flow of energy within the body.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577315360
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 710,751
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xv
Part 1 Yoga: A way of harmony, balance, and ecstasy
Chapter 1 Balancing Vision and Sound 3
Chapter 2 Yoking Ourselves to the Cosmic 15
Chapter 3 The Marriage of Body and Soul 23
Part 2 Mantra: The soul of yoga
Chapter 4 Mantra in an Interspiritual Age 35
Chapter 5 The Sanskrit Mantra 45
Chapter 6 Building Our Sonic Community 51
Part 3 Tradition: The four major streams of sacred sound in Hinduism
Chapter 7 Shabda Yoga 63
Chapter 8 Shakti Yoga 81
Chapter 9 Bhava Yoga 103
Chapter 10 Nada Yoga 117
Part 4 Practice: The elements of Sound Yoga
Chapter 11 Preparation and Mantra Shastra 139
Chapter 12 Posture 149
Chapter 13 The Breath 163
Chapter 14 Sound 175
Chapter 15 Movement 187
Chapter 16 Consciousness 207
Part 5 Integration: Living the life of a sound yogi
Chapter 17 Living the Yoga of Sound 223
Epilogue 235
Appendix 1 Shabda Yoga: Vedic Mantras 239
Appendix 2 Shakti Yoga: Tantric Mantras 249
Appendix 3 Bhava Yoga: Bhakti Mantras 259
Appendix 4 Nada Yoga: Tones, Practices, and Meditations 265
Programs and Resources 273
Endnotes 279
Index 287
Track Information for Yoga of Sound Audio Companion 297
About the Author 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    I wish I had been warned about the repeated reference to Jesus a

    I wish I had been warned about the repeated reference to Jesus and Christianity in this book before I bought it. I adore studies of Mantra and the power of vibrational healing. This book serves up some potent and beautiful metaphors for how sound affects the body and the mind. But every time I'm captivated by a flowery comparison, Russil Paul references a Christian prayer or the words of Jesus and I recoil in disappointment. In my opinion (and it is just that, my opinion) Paul is free to write whatever he wishes and readers may read whatever they wish. However, if I had known that his words were drenched in religion, I wouldn’t have gotten the book. I will continue to read the book through to the end but my high hopes have been dashed. 

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    Great book

    this is a must for a serious yoga student and teacher! Yoga is not just about asana, reading this book you will learn so much about "yoga" and use it as a reference forever !! I use it and refer to it all the time!

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