SELF-CARE • SELF-DEVELOPMENT • SELF-EMPOWERMENT
YOGA x MEDITATION x MUSIC x
SOUND BATH x AROMA THERAPY x
CANDLE LIGHT x MINDFULNESS x BREATHWORK
HAUS OF SPARK creates a moving sequence through multidisciplinary forms of yoga, meditation, breathwork, sound therapy, aroma therapy, music therapy & light therapy. Designed to empower & liberate. A transformative wellbeing practice that explores our own personal energy frequency. The practices at HAUS OF SPARK are inspired by human senses, specially curated to music, enhanced by spoken word and elevated with pieces of sound and aroma therapy woven through to compliment moments of mindfulness and meditation.
Yoga is popular amongst people who want to recenter themselves after a busy schedule of events. As well has increasing flexibility and assisting mobility, yoga can also develop physical strength, balance and co-ordination. Yoga is a practice that connects the body, breath, and mind. It uses physical postures and breathing exercises to improve overall physical and emotional well-being. Yoga was developed as a spiritual practice thousands of years ago. Today most people who do yoga now use it as personal activity within their weekly schedule to check in with themselves. We all carry physical aches, pains, stiffness and injuries, yoga can sure help those. But the gains from Yoga are more than just physical. It’s a space for integration, a place to become more whole.
Meditation is a practice that involves focusing or clearing your mind using a combination of techniques. Depending on the type of meditation, you can meditate to relax, reduce anxiety and stress, and much more. Our relationship with time can be enhanced with a regular meditation practice. Ever find yourself rushing out the door as you’re running behind? or running for that specific train cause your late? We get the same 24 hours as everyone else. Meditation can help own the reality of time given to us and build a better experience in managing it. There won’t be any instant radical changes, but the meditation seat starts the conversation of where we are investing our energy and where we are simply not. Meditation isn’t about becoming a entire different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in our awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts and mental clutter that may be crowding your mental landscape and bringing added weight to stress levels. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without any judgment or critique. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.
The power of music is undeniable. From its ability to affect our emotions and memories to the way it unites people, music is one of the most powerful things in the world. Research findings have demonstrated that music supports our physical, mental and emotional health. It can help regulate our emotions, improve our mood, and enhance productivity and concentration. It can even help us sleep and rest better. It’s undenying that the power of music can take you back to a moment in time and transport you back to a particular memory. Listening to music increases blood flow to brain regions that generate and control emotions. The limbic system, which is involved in processing emotions and controlling memory, “lights” up when our ears perceive music. There has been a lot of research about music and its effects. However, there is no single explanation for why music has such a strong impact on people. Music is often used as a way to communicate emotions and memories that words cannot properly express. The bottom line is that music is powerful because it affects people in a variety of ways. It can communicate emotions that words cannot and it can bring people together. Music is truly the universal language.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using our sense of smell for therapeutic benefit. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries. It is believed that aromatherapy activates parts of the nasal area, called “smell receptors”, which send messages to your brain in a calm and soothing manner. When inhaled, the scent molecules travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and waking up the amygdala, the emotional centre of the brain. Activating the brain’s system in this way creates feel-good hormones like serotonin and oxytocin.
There is something so simple, yet so powerful about candle light. Candles have long been revered for their ability to create an atmosphere of warmth, intimacy, and tranquility. The soft, flickering glow of candles can transform any space into a sanctuary that nurtures mind, body and spirit. We love this magic and ancient form of light – but why? Why is candlelight so captivatingly beautiful? At specific times of the year, candles burn brightly to celebrate certain moments in our calendar. When candles are burning we feel better about the world. It is a subtle, atmospheric, and loving illumination. They soothe the soul.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing on the matt and off. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually re-modeling the physical structure of your brain. Mindfulness can help ease frustration tolerance, thereby neutralising feelings of anger and reactivity. Mindfulness techniques can help yourself to notice what is truly happening in the present moment, away from self-judgement or self-critique. You might take notice and become aware of your mind, body, surroundings, manner and the way you do things. Mindfulness goes beyond the meditation bolster and yoga matt. It’s impact ripples into our day and infuses every space we step into.
Pause for a moment and listen. What can you hear? Perhaps the hum of the refrigerator, a song on the radio, aeroplanes, wind rustling through leaves? From the most audible sounds closest to you right now, to the muffled sounds you can barely hear, all of those frequencies are having an impact on your mind and body. We’ve never been surrounded by sound as much as we are in today’s world, but beyond the uplifting sounds of singing and music, there’s also ‘noise pollution’, which researchers say is one of the leading causes of health issues both mental and physical worldwide. In a 2021 study, it was estimated that people living close to busy roads were more likely to experience high cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) levels, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. Vibration really is the key word when it comes to sound therapy, because all sound is made up of, is vibration. All sounds are made of waves produced by the vibrations of material objects. If you clap your hands together, this creates a vibration, which we hear as sound waves and frequencies. If you strum a guitar, the vibration of the strings sends out waves, heard as frequencies. Today, sound healing and sound baths are a popular way to experience the many benefits of specific tones and instruments. A sound bath is simply a deeply relaxing experience where the listener lies down on a mat or blanket, with as many cushions or props as they need to feel comfortable, and is then ‘bathed’ in the sound vibrations.
Breathwork is simply the intentional use of the breath. Basically, you can learn to regulate the flow of breath to balance the body and mind. Breathwork can also be considered a form of active meditation. The International Breathwork Foundation (IBF) defines the practice as, “a dynamic body-mind practice using conscious connected breathing techniques for inner peace, enhanced health, wellbeing and personal transformation.” Breathwork encompasses a broad range of whole-being therapeutic practices and exercises used to relieve mental, physical, and emotional tension.