What is Nada Yoga? What does it talk about?

Yoga means union. Yoga is end of conflict. Yoga is experience of pure oneness. Nada means sound which can be within or beyond our hearing range. Nada Yoga means using Nada (sound) to experience Yoga (oneness).

We experience fragmentation at multiple levels in our lives. Firstly, we as individuals are not one entity; there are multiple ‘we’ within us. The fragmentation which is present within ourselves is also reflected outside us. Our society is divided in multiple fragments – race, language, country, beliefs, religion etc. Indian scriptures talk about experiencing the oneness within so as to be able to experience it out. All the Indian practices like Hath Yoga, Nad Yoga, art forms aim at ending the duality or fragmentation that we experience at multiple level.

Nada Yoga originates in Nadabindu Upanishad which is a minor Upanishad. This little yet intense text talks about the whole world being manifestation of Nada – reverberations or sound. It also talks about practising OM or AUM to realise this omnipresence of sound.

Nada Yoga also talks about different types of Nadas – primarily classified as Ahat Nada and Anahat Nada. Ahat Nada is further classified into four categories – Vaikhari, Madhyama, Pashyanta and Paranada.

To simplify this whole complex terminology, Nada Yoga is all about being more and more sensitive in our listening so that we can be aware of subtle sounds and finally we reach a level of sensitivity where we can hear the omnipresent Nada which has manifested itself in everything that we see around. It’s again a way of experiencing union – that it’s one single Nada which comprises the entire cosmos.

It is very important to remember that all these ancient texts give us seeds. The do not give us answers or solutions. They give us possibilities. Visionaries work on these possibilities and build them up to create something which can be used by people at large. Same has happened with Nada Yoga. While the original scripture highlights the role of sound as a medium to experience the oneness, it does not lay out any detailed practice to accomplish so. Hence, instead of just reading and interpreting the scripture, it is recommended to understand the ‘practical’ aspects of these scriptures from actual practitioners.

For instance, the whole system of Indian classical music has its roots in Nada Yoga and practising the correct exercises will prove to be much more beneficial than reading the text.

Hence, we highly encourage seekers and individuals to start practising Nada Yoga than merely reading about it or attending lectures about it. Please get in touch with us in case you would like to know how can one begin practising Nada Yoga.