“You can practice humming using different pitches.”
Did you know that different frequencies affect us by lowering or raising our pitch? You can change your pitch by lowering or raising the tone of your voice. This means going from a low note to a higher one and vice versa. In this exercise, we want to experience different pitches as well as detecting slight subtle vibrational changes as a result. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change in vibration.
How to do:
- Do some natural breathing to release any stress or tension in your body.
- Start humming at a comfortable pitch, with relaxed jaw for good humming and don’t over stretch your voice. Make a gentle sound.
- And then, hum 5 times at your starting pitch, feeling the resonance in your body.
- Now experiment with your hum. Try using a pitch that is slightly lower than the starting hum.
- Hum this second pitch 5 times and again feel the resonance. It may be a bit more of a base tone.
- Now return to your first hum and hum 5 times.
- Now raise your pitch a bit and hum 5 times. Focus where you feel these sounds in your body.
- Now, set in silence with your eyes closed for 5 minutes. Check how you are feeling. You may feel relaxed and calm or a part of your body is now feeling better after the humming.
- Ground yourself by opening your eyes and bringing your awareness back to your surroundings.
Sometimes it takes a few practices to know the difference between pitches. This exercise can be practiced once a day. With time you will experience the effects of the humming. Were you feeling the vibration in your throat or in your sinuses or mouth area? Note that some physical and emotional effects can occur and some people do fall asleep doing this exercise. You can integrate your experience by having a good 5 minute relaxation period followed by grounding. Also, it is best not to plan any strenuous physical workout after completing this exercise.
It is recommended that you do this exercise once a day, not more.