Now that temps are cooling down, we’re ready to turn up the volume on some R&R — starting with sound baths.
What’s a sound bath?
A sound bath is an experience wherein a facilitator uses tools such as singing bowls to create vibrations and sounds that wash over a room of people lying down with yoga mats, blankets, and pillows.
It may sound like just a bunch of hocus pocus, but instructors and participants believe that these vibrations and sounds can help them rest, meditate, align their chakras, or even physically heal their bodies. At the very least, you can get a good hour-long nap out of one.
If this sounds like music to your ears, read on for tips + local studios where you can find one.
What should I bring/expect?
Some sound bath participants report having powerful emotional responses to the experience, while others simply lay there and try not to think about their to-do list.
Regardless of what camp you’re in, your body temperature will naturally cool when you’re prone for an extended period of time, so layers, sweaters, and socks are recommended. If you really want to get cozy, you can even bring your own blanket. Most indoor sound baths will provide pillows or yoga bolsters to keep you comfy, but it’s best to call ahead to confirm.
Where do I find a sound bath?
Here are a few places that regularly offer sound baths led by local instructors. Check their upcoming events calendars to find specific dates:
- Aura Self & Soul Care | 312 W. Main St.
- YogaSix Carmel | 11503 Spring Mill Rd., Ste. 700
- Barre Ripple | 725 E. 65th St., Ste. 200
- kOMpose Yoga | 6201 Winthrop Ave.
- North Mass Boulder | 1411 Roosevelt Ave.
- Day Won Fitness | 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. B10
- Maven Space | 433 N. Capitol Ave., Ste. 100
Know of someplace we missed? Or have your own sound bath testimonial? Let us know.