Nitaai Singing is the musical process of mindfully singing the Nitaai Sound by yourself or in a group. Your singing can be accompanied by any musical instrument of your choice. It is one of the easiest but most effective ways to de-stress.
Choice of Smart People
We tend to overuse our brains by thinking endlessly as well as aimlessly. This overuse neither lets us stay in the present moment, nor helps us in forgetting our past, nor building our future. Wise men realize that this is a huge loss and thence they seek liberation from the web of unnecessary thoughts. Among these wise men, there are some who adopt difficult means to calm their heads and some who go for easier paths to the same end. If you identify yourselves with the latter then Nitaai Singing is for you. It is one of the easiest of the easier paths and thus those who practice it are certainly wiser than the wisest.
Singing is inherent in human nature and it has been integral to human societies across the globe. We all have an urge to sing and to hear others sing. No matter if today we think “I can’t sing”, we have done singing throughout our lives, knowingly or unknowingly. We have sung in the school assemblies, while taking a shower, driving a car, or wishing someone at their birthday party, “Happy Birthday to you!” 🙂
Neglect Anything But Singing
Not everyone is a singer, but everyone can sing. Singing, as an art form, is performed mostly by people with musical talent and a mellifluous voice. However, as a therapeutic exercise, it can be practiced by one and all. You don’t need to be a professional singer to reap the myriad benefits of singing. You can benefit yourself simply by being a bathroom singer or the epitome of unmelodic and tuneless singing.
Then, why do we choose not to sing? Why do we keep telling ourselves that we cannot sing? Despite feeling good by singing, why do we neglect it? Perhaps, we have not taken it that seriously as it really is. When we sing the Nitaai Sound aloud, our mind becomes still. It stops wandering and we are able to absorb the healing and relaxing sound vibrations of the Nitaai Sound. Although Nitaai listening is a separate NItaai Sound Exercise, it happens automatically when we do Nitaai Singing.
It Feels Good
It is true that we feel good by singing. But why? Actually, when we sing, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals known as endorphins are released. They are associated with feelings of pleasure. Another delightful hormone that is released during singing is oxytocin. It has been found to alleviate stress and anxiety. It also hikes feelings of trust and bonding. Thus, singing is also an effective way of curbing depression and loneliness. Even dementia patients and those struggling with other similar afflictions are also benefited a lot by mindful singing.
We feel good by singing because it releases our repressed emotions and feelings. We feel very light at heart and mind. Sometimes we try to hide or suppress our emotions so much that they create blockages in our heart. We feel disconnected from ourselves, not to speak of others. Singing can make us cry and it can make us laugh too. But it somehow paves the way for self-exploration and self-growth. Lastly, singing is also a natural painkiller. It gives us the strength to cope with grief, great losses, and disappointments in life. We hope you don’t have to test this benefit of singing soon. But whenever the need arises, we also hope that you will not forget its use.
Will Miss You, Stress!
We naturally become mindful and aware of the present moment while doing something that we relish. That is how singing tricks us into mindfulness as we all naturally and biologically enjoy it. This state of mindfulness is similar to what we obtain by a deep practice of Yoga and Meditation and it is the very cause of stress reduction. Thus, Nitaai Singing is truly the blissful path to spontaneous mindfulness.
Even scientific research validates that mindful singing reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, thereby, it saves us from all the possible negative effects of stress on our bodies, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, increased blood sugar, frequent headaches, sleep disorders, and obesity. Reduced cortisol relaxes us by lowering our heart rate.
Take a Deep Breath In!
Did you know that singing can give you relief from long-term respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis? We can utilize the full capacity of our lungs by activating our diaphragm, which is a flexible muscle located below the ribcage. Unless we do so, we cannot really do deep breathing. Singing activates this muscle by forcing us to use it involuntarily. Thus, it enhances our lung capacity by creating more room for air to enter into them. This increased lung capacity and improvement in the body’s breathing mechanisms, such as the ribcage and the diaphragm, makes breathing much easier for people with asthma and other chronic respiratory ailments.
In order to demonstrate these breathing powers of singing, London’s Royal Brompton Hospital initiated a ‘breathing through singing’ program for lung patients and found that, as a consequence of regular group singing, patients were able to perform day-to-day activities much more strenuously than before. To sum, by regularly singing the Nitaai Sound, you’ll develop correct, complete, and healthier breathing patterns.
How to do Nitaai Singing?
The two simple techniques of singing the Nitaai Sound are as follows:
Technique 1: Solo Singing
That is, singing the Nitaai Sound by yourself.
➤ First of all, make sure that you know how to pronounce the Nitaai Sound. You don’t need to know anything more than this.
➤ “Ni” is pronounced like the way “ni” is pronounced in the word “omni”. “Tai” is pronounced like the full word “tie”, but with the “t” pronounced like in Spanish. It is pronounced by touching the tip of the tongue on the back of the top front teeth as you say it, instead of curling it up to touch the palate.
➤ Then decide whether you need a musical instrument or not. If you do then grab one quickly based on your choice and its availability.
➤ Choose a melody that is easy for you to sing and is pleasant to your mind. Or else sing while listening to a Nitaai track.
➤ Start singing!
➤ Absorb your awareness in the healing sound vibrations of the sweet Nitaai Sound. Close your eyes if it helps. Sway with the sound.
➤ Try to get oblivious of the time, place, and circumstances. Just dive deep in the present moment.
➤ If you are using a musical instrument, make sure its voice is not louder than yours.
➤ Ok, now sing as long as you can and want.
Technique 2: Group Singing
It is a call-and-response form of group singing.
➤ It is recommended that group singing be accompanied by musical instruments.
➤ In this, one person leads and everyone else follows.
➤ When the leader sings everyone else hears and then everyone repeats in the same melody in which the leader sang.
➤ Make sure that your group singing is not so loud that it disturbs your neighbors. If they like it and you know it, then that’s a different story.
➤ After the singing is over the group can observe silence for 5 minutes to assimilate the positive energy and feel inner peace and contentment.
➤ Everything else is same as solo singing.
Nitaai Singing Benefits
➤ Strengthens the immune system
➤ It is a natural antidepressant
➤ Improves mental alertness
➤ Boosts your confidence
➤ Exercises your lungs and tones up your intercostal muscles and our diaphragm
➤ Enhances mood and improves sleep
➤ Facial muscles get toned
➤ Increases feelings of wellbeing
➤ It is healing and energizing
➤ Gives you freedom from the daily mental chatter and stress
➤ Awards you the ability to speak from the heart
➤ It is therapeutic both emotionally and physically
Additional benefits of Group Singing:
➤ Promotes bonding and builds community
➤ Lifts you out of isolation and loneliness
➤ The vibrations of the whole group get added up and synchronized which results in an exulting experience
➤ Melts away all negativity, mental frustrations, and judgements
➤ It is an ageless pleasure. You are never too young or too old for it.