Namaste! This means that we honor the light in one another. Which also means that we honor and respect one another. So with that I welcome everyone. This is much like a salutation in a Yoga class at the beginning or end. I thought it would be great to write this blog as if we were in a yoga class. So first- our welcome and then go over some things that we would like to accomplish in class. Today’s topic is “Drum Smudge. ” What is a ” Drum Smudge” and how does it fit into a Yoga class? Now this Yoga class is for any age, or level because the drumming is for anyone. I teach all ages from 5 to 100. Yes, from kids to Elders! I also bring together many traditions in my classes. I mix SEVERAL cultures, and teaching styles. To smudge is to cleanse with smoke from herbs. The smoke wafts around a participant. Sage is what is usually used. Some traditions use Frankincense, and Sweet grass. Sage removes negativity and sweet grass brings in wonderful good energy. So we are dealing with energy. Usually the environment that I work in is inside of a building, and burning any sage, sweet grass and such is never allowed. With this in mind, the “Drum” becomes the healing instrument and sends sound waves through the participant to release and break up pend in energy. So it becomes the smoke that wafts around and through the participant. My favorite drum is a “Buffalo Drum.” I had two wonderful teachers that taught me in the Native American path, and this drum was usually the one they led me with and used the most. I have a small one and a large one. I also used thin flat drums, rattles, timbrels and shakers. More about that in another post! At the end of our session or class the students lie in Savasana- on their backs on the yoga mats. I take the drum and with a drum mallet, drum around each person so that the sound pours through them and around their aura. Start at the solar plexus and up to the brow, to crown, to solar plexus and to feet and back to center. A single steady beat is good. End with beats at the center and then onto the next person. I go around the room lifting the drum while beating, and then lowering it, while also holding a rattle or tambourine. The energy is broken up and cleared. This can also be done in a seated position in a chair or standing, back and front cleansing. Take a few moments of silence and a closing blessing. I open the door or windows to let the energy release out….. Let everyone awaken back into the room. Give them water. Have them ground by placing hands on the floor before rising. More next time…. Namaste, M
This blog is dedicated to sharing Yoga scripts and Yoga class ideas and how to weave Drumming and music to your classes. I am also including aromatherapy ideas such as the use of rose oil, lavender oil, mint oil and other scents. My scripts include small healing ceremonies to practice for yourself and with your class.
Yoga is the bringing together of the mind, body and spirit. I have found that adding drumming, rattles, rain sticks or timbrels really adds to the healing property of Yoga.
I also have found that writing a “Teaching Script” really helps. By this you can review your ideas and themes for your classes. I enjoy teaching Restorative Yoga, Hand- Healing (such as Reiki),Meditation and Guided Imagery and Breath work.
Restorative Yoga is just that- to restore your “mind, body and spirit” after a long day or week. The focus of breathing correctly and also focusing on an image, helps to relax and clear your mind.
We will bring many of these ideas together in this blog.