Dive deeper into learning about our body’s unique information-gathering system, the senses, as we also dive into deeper practices of yoga, including a sound bath. Hearing will be the main focus, and we’ll spend time learning about the sense of “touch”–the most complex sense of all. We’ll also explore the relationship between the physical bodily senses and the chakras of the subtle body, including a guided meditation practice. Sound, chanting and mantra have perhaps the greatest potential to directly affect the nervous system.
Our senses use specialized cells and molecules to detect stimuli from the outside world, from the aroma of roasted garlic to the appearance of the sun’s last rays as it sets over the ocean. The senses create our inner world, built from the outside in. But our senses are not always reliable. Past experiences shade our perceptions, as do our attachments and aversions. Yoga practice helps us to experience our sensory perceptions as they truly are, rather than being ruled by our senses.
When you’ve completed this course you will have a better understanding of
– what the Yoga Sutras state about the senses
– the use of sound and mantra in yoga
– the chakra system and the sushumna, or central channel
– the fascinating anatomy and physiology of the senses, including taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing
– how our brains interpret outside information to form our understanding of the world
|Module 1||Handout: Senses & Sound Healing|
|Unit 1||Handout: Senses and Sound|
|Unit 2||Handout: Powerpoint Slides|
|Unit 3||Handout: Sound Bath|
|Module 2||Video Lectures: Yoga Therapy for the Nervous System - The Senses and Sound Healing|
|Unit 1||Video Lecture: Yoga Therapy for the Nervous System - The Senses and Sound Healing - Part 1|
|Unit 2||Video Lecture: Yoga Therapy for the Nervous System - The Senses and Sound Healing - Part 2|
|Module 3||Asana Practice: Yoga Therapy for the Nervous System - The Senses and Sound Healing|
|Unit 1||Asana Practice: Yoga Therapy for the Senses: Mantra and Asana|
|Unit 2||Video Lecture: Sound Healing Discussion with Suzanne Toro|
|Unit 3||Video: Sound Healing Music Session with Suzanne Toro|
|Module 4||Quiz: Yoga Therapy for the Nervous System - The Senses and Sound Healing|
|Unit 1||Quiz: Yoga Therapy for the Nervous System - The Senses and Sound Healing|
The Neuroscience Behind Mantra and Asana with Stephani Sutherland, PhD
Chanting in Sanskrit has energetic effects that benefit the entire nervous system. Combining mantra and asana together brings these powerful practices for deeper introspection and healing.
Sound Healing Music Session
Sound Healing Session
The workshop material comes to life in a beautiful Sound Healing Music Session inspired and created by Suzanne Toro.
Stephani Sutherland, PhD
Dr Sutherland earned her doctoral degree in neuroscience in 2001 and has worked as a freelance science writer for the past 15 years; her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Scientific American Mind, Pain Research Forum, and The Journal of Neuroscience. Stephani has practiced yoga for over 20 years, and she trained with Gary Kraftsow of American Viniyoga Institute. Find more about Stephani at stephanisutherland.com, facebook.com/StephaniSutherlandPhD, and @sutherlandphd.