Have you ever wanted to experience a sound bath?

Sarah Johnston from Santosha Space Yoga & Massage in Hillsborough joined Ron Stutts on This is Tourism, presented by the Orange County Visitors Bureau, to discuss the benefits of sound baths.

“It’s a magnificent, magnificent experience'” Johnston said. “Pretty much all you have to do is show up and lay down on a yoga mat. We’ve got bolsters and blankets and everything and have a musician coming in who plays a variety of indigenous instruments and basically you just relax and absorb the sound from all of those different instruments.”

Johnston said that all people need to do in order to get prepared for a sound bath is show up with an open mind and an open heart.

“It’s a very receptive, passive experience. So you will get out of it what you were open to receiving.”

While some people may be hesitant to try out a sound bath, Johnston said you shouldn’t knock it until you try it.

“I just kind of went because I was involved in this community,” Johnston said. “And they were doing it and it sounded interesting. It was a very relaxing experience for me until about halfway through somebody played a gong and I just experienced this moment of kind of a primal fear release. That’s the best way that I can describe it.

“I had no idea where it came from. I knew I was in a safe place and it passed and about 30 or 45 seconds. At the end of that session I felt so much lighter and it’s just the sound vibrations in my body just kind of shook something loose and I was able to let go of something I didn’t even know I was holding on to.”

Listen to the complete interview with Sarah Johnston from Santosha Space Yoga & Massage: