Vata - The Soaring Soul: Healing Sounds for Balance & Creativity is inspired by and created to help harmonize the Dosha known as Vata. An important, fundamental aspect of Ayurvedic medicine, Vata, is the energy that initiates and propels all of the activities of the body and mind. Dr. Richard Gold and composer Yuval Ron offer this music as a powerful healing force. This music effects all aspects of a person, promoting their well being and health emotionally, spiritually and physically. Recommended for: Yoga, Meditation, deep relaxation, enhancing of healing sessions, Ayurvedic treatments, massage therapy, acupuncture, enhancing of intimacy, sexuality, mental focus and artistic inspiration. Harmonizing Vata can help with issues such as neuropathy, congestion, constipation, thoughtlessness and feeling perpetually “on edge.”
Recommended for: Yoga, Meditation, deep relaxation, enhancing of healing sessions, Ayurvedic treatments, massage therapy, acupuncture, enhancing of intimacy, sexuality, mental focus, artistic inspiration and as a potential benefit for conditions such as inflammation, acid reflux, frustration, intolerance and excessive perfectionist tendencies.
This CD is inspired by and created to harmonize the Dosha known as Vata, which is an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. Dosha means, "that which changes."
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian ‘science of life’ is both a path of healing and also a way of life. The foundation of Ayurveda comes from the ‘Atharva’, one of the four books of the ancient, holy Vedic literature of India. The first text of Ayurveda, the “Samhita’, dates from 1000 B.C. A basic principle of this comprehensive form of traditional medicine is the theory of the three Doshas. The Doshas are best understood to be the three primary forces of nature that each individual embodies and that are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Although each of us manifests all three of the Doshas, most people have one or two aspects that predominate. For each Dosha, there is a balanced and imbalanced expression.
Vata correlates to the element of Wind.
Vata means, "wind, to move, flow, direct the processes of, or command." Vata enables the other two Doshas to be expressive in their own rights. Vata governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system and the processes of elimination. Vata is responsible for natural urges and sensory functions Vata has the most direct influences on the other two Doshas, as Vata is the energy that initiates and propels all the other activities in the body/mind. Prana, the Sanskrit word for ‘life force’ is found in Vata.
Qualities of Vata: Cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick, and changeable
balance and an orderly functioning of all the body’s systems
Signs of Vata imbalance can include anxiety, nervousness, fear, loneliness, insecurity, restlessness, hyperactivity, giddiness, spaciness, and/or confusion. Digestive imbalances can include burping, gas, hiccups and bowel upset.
Vata excess in the body can lead to muscle spasms, tingling sensations and pain that changes locations. Excess Vata in the mind can leaves people feeling highQstrung, unable to calm down, or feeling perpetually “on edge,” even jumpy. Excess Vata can also cause a racing mind, interrupted sleep, a lack of groundedness, a fear of commitment, and forgetfulness. If excess Vata accumulates in the mind unchecked, it can lead to chronic insomnia, delirium, mental instability, blackouts, and severe VataQtype depression.
Vata deficiency: can lead to Nerve loss, congestion, constipation, and thoughtlessness.
To Help Balance Vata:
Make choices that bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life Avoid becoming chilled. Take care not to push yourself too far and exceed the limits of your energy
Touch and be touched regularly by the people you love
The Mantra OM (Aum)
The Chanting of AUM
The mantra OM (Aum) is well known. A less known aspect of the chanting of OM (Aum) is how chanting this sacred mantra can influence the three Doshas. This is accomplished by changing the emphasis in the chanting. Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable or, phonetically, "aaah," "oooh," and "mmm” then followed by a breath of silence.
The Mandukya Upanishad, which is entirely devoted to the discussion of Om, begins like this: "Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, and all that will be is Om. Likewise, all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om."
For Vata, the first the first syllable is emphasized for a longer duration thanthe second and third. Vata = AAAAAAAAAAAAum
Dr. Richard Gold is a psychologist and a teacher, practitioner, writer, researcher, and life-long student of the Asian Healing Arts, including acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, shiatsu and traditional Thai bodywork. He is a 1972 graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in World Religions and a minor in pre-medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978. Dr. Gold has pursued advanced studies in China (1981), Japan (1986), and Thailand (1988, 1989, 1992). Dr. Gold was one of four founders of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a nationally accredited college of traditional Chinese medicine with campuses in San Diego, New York City, and Chicago. He served on the board and faculty of Pacific College for many years. Dr. Gold was first introduced to meditation in 1970 during a month-long Theravada Buddhist retreat and has pursued mental mindfulness and meditative awareness over the past 40+ years. In recent years, Dr. Gold has studied neuroscience and the evolving scientific understanding of the effects of sound and meditation on brain function. Dr. Gold is the author of the book, Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique, first published in 1998 and is now in its second edition, published by Mosby Press.
Yuval Ron is a world-renowned musician, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer. Among his many honors, he composed the music for the Oscar-winning film, West Bank Story, was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan, master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Zen Buddhist priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka, choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Oguri and neuroscientists Mark Robert Waldman and Andrew Goodman. He was awarded the Los Angeles Treasures Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a noted lecturer and has been invited to speak at numerous schools including: Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, MIT, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, and many others. Yuval has been on the faculty of Esalen Institute, is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a “Guiding Voice” for Seven Pillars – House of Wisdom. To listen to the music of Yuval Ron and to find more information about his recordings, books, talks, master-classes, workshops and concerts, please visit: http://www.yuvalronmusic.com.