Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is the curriculum designer and coordinator of CIIS Public Programs' Sound, Voice, and Music Healing Certificate. A leading authority in the field of sound and transformation of consciousness, she is an award-winning composer, author, and a psychologist. Silvia's significant body of work in yoga, sound healing, and music psychotherapy has been integrated in an innovative curriculum of scientific applications known as The Yoga of the Voice, offering training worldwide. For 30 years, she has studied Indian classical music and the ragas under the direction of the late master Ali Akbar Khan, and has been devoted to mastering the art of Dhrupad singing. Silvia is the founder and artistic director of the international Vox Mundi Project and School of the Voice www.voxmundiproject.com
Sound and the Subtle: Transforming Emotions through Mantra & Raga Yoga
The secret agenda of all music, has always been to reach the spiritual. As music evolves as yoga -a systematic path to communicate with the subtle- music enables the seemingly impossible union of desire and non-attachment. The creative value of "mystic sounds" was known as early as the Vedic period, and mantrayana was considered a vehicle of merit, self-awakening, and self-transcendence. This experiential presentation explores the practical value of yogic sound as a support for concentration, and its rapidly affective power to transform energy, emotions, and changing our psychic structure. We will shed new light on the practice of vibrational formulas (mantras) and melodic entities (ragas) as a subtle initiatory language, with a secret agenda: awakening cosmic consciousness, as we move beyond the external perception of sounds, beyond our inner dialogue; and we will develop a liberating intelligence of our connection with something greater than ourselves. This presentation also yields integrative insights and surprising possibilities when the roles of the yogi and the therapist inform each other. May the use of sound in yoga and therapeutic practices be of a single taste, indivisible in the sphere of wisdom mind, as all therapists become more "subtle listeners."