I can’t be the only one who’s struggling to just turn my mind off when my head hits the pillow at night. With everything going on in the world right now, I feel like my brain is stuck running a marathon; a feeling most of us have become well-acquainted with over the past few months.
To find a cure for my restless nights, I went to Pralaya Yoga in Montrose, where John Tran and Saumil Manek teach the Rest + Restore + Soundbath Class (also referred to as “Adult Nap Time”) to see if I could get some relief from my racing thoughts.
Adult Nap Time is offered virtually and in-person at Pralaya’s Dunlavy Street studio four times a week—Mondays at 9 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., Fridays at 6 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. After virtually taking their hour-long class, I knew I definitely went to the right place to calm my mind. I didn’t need any previous yoga experience, I could do it from my living room, and I hopped onto the Zoom right as I usually start winding down for the night at 8:30 p.m.
When the class started, I wondered why Manek was playing large drum-like instruments instead of streaming a playlist like most studios. Turns out, he wasn’t just setting a relaxing mood, but guiding us through sound therapy with quartz crystal singing bowls.
The singing bowls are played at 432 hertz—what Manek and many others refer to as “the heartbeat of the universe”—and the frequency is believed to help the flow of oxygen through the body, provide a deeper sense of relaxation, and increase mental clarity. By playing these bowls throughout the class, he was lowering our blood pressure, helping with anxiety and PTSD, flooding the brain with dopamine, releasing oxytocin, and relieving stress.
Because of this sound's powerful impact on the body, Manek believes it’s a principal reason people remain calm and connected through the class. “It helps you stay present,” Manek says. “You can’t think about anything else because the sounds are so penetrating to your mind, your vibrations, your heart, everything.”
On top of that, each singing bowl resonates with a specific chakra, the seven different energy centers located at set points throughout the body. As Tran guided us through a variety of yoga positions and thought processes meant to help us connect with different chakras, Manek played whichever bowl resonates with it to help the connection be made easier and deeper.
Tran focused heavily on three different chakras throughout the class—the root chakra, which represents our security and power; the sacral chakra, which represents our emotions, creativity, and intimacy; and the heart chakra, which represents giving and receiving love—to emphasize why we should be confident and grateful, and why we should strive for inner peace.
Between journeying through the chakras and focusing on deep breathing, something many of us forget to do far too often, I left the class feeling like I had just drunk the best cup of coffee without the caffeine jitters. I was both rejuvenated and ready for the deepest sleep of my life.
For a full class schedule, access deals on virtual class passes, or register for a class, check out Pralaya Yoga’s’ website.