Naad Yoga – The Yoga of Sound
Ancient scriptures say that the ability to listen is the most powerful of all five senses. In the cycle of birth and death, it is the first one to appear and the last one to disappear. Naad Yoga uses sound, tone, rhythm, singing and listening in order to awaken the consciousness.
All things on the planet are vibrating at some frequency. Any time we speak, chant or make a sound, we start a new vibration. To create vibrations that elevate is the goal of Naad Yoga
Using mantra to create these vibrations is the highest form of self-communication. Chanting is an easy tool because you can chant anywhere—out loud or silently—and change your state of being. When we chant ancient, sacred and uplifting mantras that inherently have a high frequency, our tongue touches the roof of the mouth in a very specific manner. This creates a chain reaction resulting in a change in the chemical composition of the brain. When the chemistry of the brain is balanced, our state of mind and outlook on life improves dramatically. We simply feel better.
Conscious communication and chanting are the magic and beauty of Naad Yoga.
Everything has a particular vibratory frequency. Every thought, every word and every emotion. How we feel, think and speak defines our particular vibration. And we create our world based upon that vibration. Sound is an incredibly powerful vibration. Man means mind, trang means wave or projections. Therefore mantra is the projection of the mind through sound vibrations. That is its power. We create our world with every word we speak. By utilizing mantra, we can set vibrations that have a positive effect on our lives. Mantras are specific formulas of syllables that create specific sounds and vibrations. Because everything in the universe if vibrating, by vibrating a particular combination of sounds, you can tune in to different levels of intelligence or consciousness in the Cosmic Universe thereby exacting a particular effect. There is a science behind this. It is called the Science of Naad Yoga. Naad is the essence of all sound. It is a basic sound for all languages and comes from one common source or sound current. The science of Naad works with the movement of the tongue in the mouth, language and the chemical changes in the brain. The upper palate forms the roof of the mouth. There is the hard palate and the soft palate. The hard palate is what we think of as the roof of the mouth. There are 84 meridian points located on the roof of the mouth. The movement of the tongue stimulates these meridian points and therefore stimulates the secretion of neurotransmission fluids. As these different chemical liquids are secreted to different parts of the brain, messages are transmitted throughout as well. We literally alter consciousness by changing the chemical composition of the brain. In the science of Naad, there are three key elements that enhance the experience. Rhythm, projection and pronunciation. Maintaining a precise rhythm of the mantra as well as maintaining the correct number of beats with the mantra is crucial to its effectiveness. For example, many Kundalini mantras are chanted in eight beats. Any mantra chanted with eight beats is an Ashtang Mantra. And when you chant, you project your Prana. You are projecting from the purity of your soul. Proper pronunciation ensures that you are using the correct pressure on the meridian points.
A vital aspect to the use of mantras in Kundalini Yoga is the quantum technology of the Shabd Guru. The simplest definition of the Shabd Guru is the use of sound as a teacher. It is referred to as “quantum” because it manipulates the smallest particles of sound and energy. It uses these tiny particles as seeds that act as blueprints for constructing larger patterns. A Bij Mantra is a seed mantra. It is a seed planted in the subconscious. Sat Nam is a Bij Mantra. Because this “quantum” sound is recreating blueprints, it is sound that cuts through the ego and slices away anything which obstructs the truth from you. Using the mantra Sat Nam – true name, is an excellent example of this.
Shabd Guru is a very special sound current that uses the technology of the Naad Yoga. Therefore it is not just any sound, but a primal sound. Each primal sound is a unit that is pronounced by a particular part of the mouth. When we form a word and we speak it, we utilize the 84 meridian points on the roof of the mouth to stimulate the hypothalamus to change the chemistry of the brain. Not every combination of sounds or words will create patterns of healing or wholeness – therefore the Shabd Guru is unique. It creates patterns that are a perfect weave of rhythm, sound, tone, focus and meaning that act as DNA information for the spirit. These are sounds that align us with our soul.
Sources: The Aquarian Teacher by Yogi Bhajan,