Explore ‘The Yoga of Sound’ with Healthy Acadia and Sri Devi Melissa Urey

Community members are invited to join Healthy Acadia on Thursday, August 4 from 5-6 p.m. via Zoom for “The Yoga of Sound,” with special guest Sri Devi Melissa Urey. The free online event is the latest installment in Healthy Acadia’s Monthly Mindfulness series.

Sound yoga will bring a deeper understanding of the benefits of using mantra as a healing and meditation practice. Participants will explore:

  • The difference between a mantra and an affirmation
  • How Sound Healing Vibrations Work
  • The Benefits of Using the Mantra to Ground a Meditation Practice
  • An introduction to chakras and how they work in our mind/body/spirit connection
  • The beej mantras (seed sounds for each chakra) that help create balance
  • How to Incorporate These Things into a Meditation Practice

“My goal is to have you leave the class with some basic tools to incorporate into any yoga or meditation practice and bring greater peace into your life,” said Instructor Sri Devi Melissa Urey, Master of Reiki Usui / Holy Fire ART and sound healer, RYT – 500; Sanskrit and mantra teacher; and meditation guide.

Pre-registration is required for this free event. The one-hour session will be offered virtually via Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, go to bit.ly/yoga-of-sound.

Sri Devi Melissa has always been drawn to the union of mind and body in the present moment and the learning that can take place there. Coming from a background in theater and dance, she began to share this as an important life skill with children of all ages through these mediums.

Discovering yoga while recovering from surgery, she realized that everything she loved most about teaching theater she could share even more deeply through yoga. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Aiyana Athenian and Krishna Perry at ShivaShakti School of Yoga in 2016 and her 500 hour yoga teacher training in 2018. She has completed specialist training in yoga nidra, pranayama and meditation and yoga for children with ShivaShakti Training and Restorative Yoga with Margo Rosingana.

A great lover of Sanskrit and yogic philosophy, and mantras, she is currently studying with Sri Vidya Ramananthan (Samskrita Bharati), Shantala Sriramaiah (Vedic studies) and Prem Sadasivananda from whom she received her spiritual name Sri Devi in ​​2017. A student of a longtime energy worker, she began an ongoing mentorship for her own healing in 1998 with Ellen Landress-Bowkett in New York and more recently with mind-body therapist Denise Jasmine in Brunswick, ME. Through studies with the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) and Melissa Rose Redman, she obtained her Usui/Holy Fire ART Reiki Master certification in May 2019.

More recently, she has discovered a passion for the healing benefits of sound. Incorporating various types of singing bowls and other sound healing tools into her healing sessions deepened her understanding of how sound can reach places words cannot. Rekindling a long-lost love with the harmonium, she currently shares the kirtan whenever she can, and leads two weekly singing circles.

Sri Devi lives in Portland, ME, where she enjoys writing, walking in the forest, birdwatching, and stepping into very cold water. For more information, visit www.melissaurey.com.

For more information on this and future mindfulness events in the series or additional programs focused on building skills that support mindful living, contact Ursula Hanson at [email protected]

Healthy Acadia is a 501(C)(3) community health organization that builds vibrant communities and empowers everyone to lead healthy lives in Washington and Hancock counties. For more information about Healthy Acadia’s health and wellness programs and services, visit healthyacadia.org.

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