MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS CLASS / THE YOGA OF SOUND

Do you want to learn how to quiet your mind and feel less stressed?

Do you want to learn how to heal your body using your own sound?

Learn an active meditation that combines breath work, mental focus, self expression and body awareness. Inspired from years of Buddhist mantra meditation and Zen focus Daran introduces you to the Yoga of sound. You will learn how use and play the DIDGERIDOO as a tool to clear your mind and heal your body. This class will help you get into “the zone”, be more relaxed and effective in every area of your life.

SOME OF THE BENEFITS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE:

*Increase mental focus

*Exercise for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems

*Help with breathing issues such as asthma and emphysema

*Open joyful expression and playfulness

*Alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea

REGISTER ONLINE: MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS CLASS / THE YOGA OF SOUND

OPEN to all (no experience required)

DATE: Tuesday evenings 7pm to 8:30pm.

INVESTMENT: $15 per class for a 10 class pass. Or $20 per class drop-in.

You will need a didgeridoo for the class. I have didgeridoos for sale starting at $25.

LOCATION: Daran’s Studio at Healing Earth Resources, 506 Old Greensboro Rd Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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Testimonials

“Daran’s playful, compassionate and masterful approach to sound healing is profoundly fun and invites endless discovery. In this class, Daran guides us through rhythms, techniques, body scans, and visualizations into deep, expansive states of awareness. The class delights and surprises. It ranges from foot stompin fun and no stops trumpeting, to vast inner states of silence. Naturally, it fosters community as folks gather to make a joyful noise together. There is no way to understand the profundity of playing the didgeridoo until you actually play it. Its full spectrum power to heal and transform gives access to our ever expanding potential. Who knew? I’m so thankful for the spontaneous moment in which I was invited to a workshop and said yes. Thank you Daran!”
-Chitra Giauque

“Daran’s classes are a wonderful oasis from a busy life. Learning the healing tones of the didgeridoo and linking them up to mindfulness meditation can be very centering and calming. Didge playing also helps me strengthen my respiratory system and tone my mouth, throat and abdominal muscles. It is an all-around way of keeping fit while having fun. I recommend Daran as a wonderful teacher and a peaceful presence.”
-Kathleen Murray, MSW, LCSW

“Gordon absolutely LOVED the lesson – and I did too. Thank you so much for your patience, enthusiasm, and expertise. You are such a gifted teacher. We look forward to playing and practicing together and more lessons from you. Hugs of appreciation!!”
- Robin M. Poer, M.A.

“Daran is not only a master at playing the didjeridoo, but also an excellent instructor! His passion for helping others learn, and his positive and encouraging approach make learning the didj fun. He has an awesome ability to explain and demonstrate skills and techniques in multiple ways until you are able to grasp the concept. I highly recommend working with Daran if you want to learn to play the didjeridoo.”
- Kyle Kosey

Daran teaches the “Zen” of didgeridoo as a unique combination of breath therapy, expression and active meditation. The deep, vibrational tones offer a unique relaxing and healing experience.

Playing the Didgeridoo can alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. People who snore have a 67% higher chance of having a stroke and a 34% higher chance of having a heart attack. Playing the didgeridoo is a joyful way to strengthen and tone the tissues of the throat and also provides good exercise for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Daran is a teacher for the Worldwide Sleep Apnea-Didgeridoo Network.

THE EFFECTS OF PLAYING THE DIDGERIDOO ON THE DIDGERIDOO PLAYER

Many of the benefits of playing the didgeridoo come from the unique breathing technique used called “circular breathing,” as well as simply breathing more than usual. In order to play the didgeridoo one has to breathe a lot. The more you breathe the better your didgeridoo playing gets. Since most people normally breathe very shallow the extra amount of air circulating through the lungs in itself is very beneficial.

Breathing is one of the most important aspects to our health. 
We also use breath to control our emotions - when we are scared we breathe in but we hold that breath and do not let it out. We do the same if we experience pain or anger and do not want to show those emotions. We control our emotions by controlling and holding our breath in.
 This is how those emotions become locked up in our bodies and eventually lead to dis-ease. In today’s society we are actually encouraged by social norms to suppress our emotions which makes the situation worse.
 Playing the didgeridoo forces the player to push air out of the lungs - a reversal of the un-healthy pattern described above.

There is evidence that cancer is often associated with low oxygen levels in tissue and evidence that asthma sufferers emphasize the in-breath but do not allow the air to go back out in a relaxed way. We have heard anecdotal evidence that didgeridoo playing has vastly improved those afflictions (as well as several others) for many people.

If you play the didgeridoo for longer than half an hour, you are likely to go into a trance like state. While playing the didgeridoo your brainwaves can go from a normal beta to an alpha state. With continued practice your brainwaves slow even further to theta and even delta states while playing for longer periods of time. Most people report becoming very relaxed and yet very aware, feeling at rest and yet being energized. 
This is very similar to the state advanced meditators describe. This relaxation, centering and energizing are obviously very beneficial for the player.

The Didgeridoo has been implemented since ancient times to evoke enhanced states of consciousness for shamanic journeying and in ceremonial rituals.

Buying a didgeridoo? Please contact me daranwallman@gmail.com to learn which didgeridoo will best meet your needs.