Open Center Interview with Sound and Music Institute Alum Brenda Hung
What led you to discover the Integrative Sound and Music Institute (SMI) program?
I had just completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training and was particularly interested in the use of mantras and singing before and after a yoga class. I found that each time sound and music were incorporated into a yoga class, I would always feel a deeper spiritual connection from within and was able to feel more deeply relaxed and inspired. That led me to doing research online and I came across the SMI program and was intrigued and excited about the curriculum and also liked how many of the sessions were focused on building a community. I had also attended a couple of sound meditation classes and many of the teachers that led those sessions graduated from the SMI program.
What was one of your most favorite memories during your training?
Having the opportunity to learn from Silvia Nakkach and all her words of wisdom along with cultivating a community within the cohort of students. We all had something unique to contribute while each having an individual voice. It was a rich community of people from all different backgrounds and similar intentions and in the end we all trusted and respected each other deeply. I felt myself open up and not be so afraid of being vulnerable with others.
What techniques did you learn that helped you grow in your wellness practices?
Most importantly I learned the power of using my own voice and how to use it with confidence. I was also introduced to a number of instruments that supplement the practice. I’m constantly learning new ways of entraining my mind and body and have experienced deep states of relaxation, clarity, and motivation from sound immersions which I’m interested in bringing into my own sound practice and offering it to others. I’ve led a couple of workshops since completing the program where sound is paired with restorative yoga and feel that sound is a strong complement and component to mindful movement and meditation.
What’s one of the biggest benefits of completing the training program?
Being a part of a sound community, the number of resources received about teachers, instruments, and events and most importantly the personal journey and growth along the way.
What advice do you have for those looking to join?
The training is so much more than what you’re probably expecting! Have an open mind and practice outside of weekend sessions with a small group from your cohort. It’ll make the overall experience even better and you’ll start to cultivate your own sound community and deepen your practice.
The next The Integrative Sound and Music Institute Certificate Program will be taking place from October 2018 – June 2019.