Drum Smudge

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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 Image

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