SEASONAL SELF-CARE BLOG
Q & A with Lucy Child
Posted on July 13th, 2015
On Friday, August 21, 7:30-9pm Lucy Child will lead a Gong bath to kick-off the Healing Power of Sound, which is part of the Yoga Sukhavati: Art of Sound module. We talked to Lucy about the healing powers of sound, the people who inspire her and where she gets lost in the city.
Where are you originally from?
I’m from upstate New York about a mile from Lake Ontario, Rochester.
How long have you been in NYC?
What brought you here?
I came here to pursue my creativity in any way possible; acting, singing, songwriting and performing.
You’ve been a musician all your life. Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences would have to be 60’s icons like Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, such beautiful truth and poetry-Joni with her rawness and vulnerability both lyrically and musically, Bob for his rebellion and stream of conscious prose in the simplest of melodies.
As part of the Yoga Sukhavati Art of Sound module, you will be leading a sacred gong bath during the Healing Power of Sound workshop weekend. What exactly is a gong bath?
A gong bath is a sound meditation, an act of passive and active listening while lying down in a relaxed pose. The sounds consist of the harmonic and deep tones of the gong as well as other sound makers like bowls, bells, chimes, tuning forks, drums and the voice. It is a bathing of sounds, but also a sonic adventure for the spirit. It can be an unusually profound experience.
In your opinion, what are the healing benefits of sound?
I think the benefits are limitless. Every experience is different. Everyone experiences it differently, too. Scientifically speaking, it has been proven to balance the energies of the brain hemispheres thus slowing the heart beat and breath, and can even minimize and/or eliminate chronic pain. It is a great tool for relaxation and meditation. But I believe the benefits to be far more significant than that. I’ve heard so many varying and personal stories from people about their experiences. And I also have my own experiences to draw from. Sound is poignantly deep work. There’s something about it that not only connects us to our inner realms, memories, and hidden emotions and fears, but also something greater, something sublime. This is something we are craving in the modern world we live in. It’s a hopeful experience.
As a part of the Yoga Sukhavati Art of Sound Module, what are you most excited to share with the participants of this weekend workshop?
I love to create a tranquil environment for everyone to explore in and of course sharing my beloved gong.
How do you know Leigh?
I met Leigh a few years ago when she came to me for a sound healing. A mutual friend had gifted her the session I believe. She then asked me to teach a module on sound for her Yoga Sukhavati training.
You are the founder of Sacred Sound Tribe. Can you tell us more about that?
I wanted to create an experience of sound as a community, one that is rooted in positive intent, self healing and raising awareness of our personal and communal power to create change. I also wanted to create a platform to connect to ancient tribal traditions of using music and sound to heal, a sacred way to sort of safely clear the airwaves via listening and the energy of the tribe, a place to come and know we are not alone wherever we are. The idea of it continues to evolve.
When you’re not leading sound baths, what can you be found doing?
I often get asked to lead sound meditations for various events, private gatherings, and ceremonies-funerals, weddings. I also do workshops, private sound sessions and occasionally gong lessons.
What is your favorite thing about NYC?
My favorite thing about NYC is its rawness and uniqueness. It has such an energy, very alive. It’s city that doesn’t try, it just is.
What is your favorite thing to do in NYC?
My favorite thing to do is just walk and get lost, eat somewhere delicious along the way. Let the day take me. I’m never bored roaming these streets.
Where is your favorite location for an escape from the city?
I’m a big fan of the tiny East Village gardens. They seem to be on every block the further east you go in Alphabet City. I could also get lost at the Met.