The Womb + Voice Connection
Usha Anandi . 17 | OCTOBER | 2019
As we prepare to open the doors for our next session of the Womb Sciences Six-Week Online Immersion, I feel called to share about the connection between two of the most powerful places of expression and creation within the body – the voice and the womb.
If you desire to dive into these teachings in an intimate, guided, sacred container with me, click the link below to join the waitlist for Womb Sciences – we begin November 1st.
And now, the teachings –
Silent woman, I dare you to speak.
I beg you to allow the unique, Earth quaking tremor of your voice be heard.
Since the beginning of time, womben have been the wisdom keepers. We have carried cultures for thousands of years through the transmission of oral tradition. We weave webs with our stories and heal with our song.
Every time I sing, I heal. And you can too – your voice is a unique medicine that has been specially formulated to heal your heart and reconnect you to the essence of your soul.
Women have always sang as a way to magnify collective intention and mark important passages in cultures like menstruation, pregnancy, birth, marriage, and death.
I open every lecture in one of our in-person trainings or intensives with a song. To my surprise, at the end of our time together, I always receive feedback that singing was one of the most powerful, transformational tools they experienced during the training or intensive.
It’s no coincidence that singing feels good. Not only does it feel good, but it’s GOOD FOR YOU, too.
As humans, we have certain ways to cope with stress that have been used by our ancestors for thousands of years. Singing is one of them.
Ideally, we want to respond to stress in a healthy way – without getting stuck in patterns of feeling frozen in guilt or blame. One of the ways that humans have evolved to cope with their stress is through a process called ‘Tending and mending’. This is a response to stress that encourages the integration of the experience through sharing, touching, and bonding. The ‘tend and mend’ response creates an environment for an extremely powerful neurotransmitter and hormone called oxytocin to be secreted from the hypothalamus. Oxytocin is released in large amounts during orgasm and triggers contractions in the uterus during birth.
Oxytocin is released in large amounts when you sing in groups. When the body feels safe, supported, and connected to the whole, oxytocin is released. Encouraging the release of oxytocin is also a powerful way to mitigate the effects of major stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Yep, that’s right – keep singing and soon you’ll balance the effects of stress in your body and mind.
Vibrational Healing with the Vagus Nerve
Not only does singing stimulate the release of oxytocin, it’s also one of the most powerful tools to turn on the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system. Known as the ‘rest, digest, and reproduce’ division of the nervous system, parasympathetic response is largely governed by the vagus nerve. Known as the wandering nerve, the vagus nerve exits the amygdala and innervates the larynx, traveling through the throat and making its way through the digestive system and internal organs, all the way to down to the cervix.
Creating vibration in the throat through singing, humming, or sighing is a powerful way to stimulate the vagus nerve and ‘tone’ the nervous system out of a place of alertness, hyper-vigilance and stress and encourage it to rest in a place of relaxation and calmness.
The Jaw + Pelvis Connection
We can trace the connection between the womb and the voice all the way back to early development in utero. During embryologic development, two depressions form on the dorsal side of the embryo which eventually become the oropharyngeal membrane (which goes on to form the mouth) and the cloacal membrane (which forms the opening of the urinary, digestive, and reproductive tracts). Later, the spine develops and forms a bridge between them, but the connection from the early stages of development will always remain within the body.
The Fascial System
Not only are the jaw (voice) and pelvis (womb) connected on a cellular level, they’re also connected on a fascial level. Fascia can be defined as an interconnected web of soft tissue that encases the entire body and laces between individual muscles and organs. A large fascial line runs from the tip of the coccyx (tailbone) to the tip of the tongue. When we soften and relax the jaw, the same relaxation is mirrored in the pelvis and the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Practice to Release Jaw + Pelvic Floor Tension
Find a quiet space in your home where you can sit alone, undisturbed in silence for 5 – 10 minutes.
Guide your body in a comfortable position, either seated or laying down.
Make whatever final adjustments you need to before resting in a place of complete stillness.
If it’s comfortable for you, close your eyes.
Guide your hands to your womb. Connect thumbs over the navel and guide the index fingers to touch as they face the floor – creating an inverted, downward-facing triangle over the womb. If you don’t feel like touching yourself, that’s okay. Know that you can always hover your hands above your body.
Relax your jaw and sense that your tongue is wide in the mouth. Allow even the back of your tongue to become soft.
For this ritual, we will explore Brahmaree Breath – an ancient Hatha Yoga practice used to emulate the sound of the honey bees to bring stillness and expansion to the mind, body, and spirit.
Keep your jaw soft and gently close your lips. Guide the tongue to the roof of your mouth.
Take a long, expansive inhale through the nose and feel your lungs expand 360 degrees inside of your ribs.
As you exhale, keep your lips close while making a humming sound – just like the honey bee.
Create a small pause between the end of your exhale and the beginning of your next inhale to pause, be curious, and notice the effects of the breath.
Practice this breath ten times or as you feel is needed for you and your unique body.
This practice is a wonderful ally to those who experience jaw and/or pelvis tension, anxiety, stress, migraine headaches, digestive issues, and insomnia.
I’m all about transmitting spiritual wisdom in a real, grounded, and ACCESSIBLE way. That’s why I created a sacred online container for this work, and it’s called Womb Sciences.
Doors for the next session of this Online Immersion open on the 1st of November. If you’re ready to free your voice and unlock the creative potential within your womb, this immersion is for you.
Click the button below to join the waitlist and be one of the first to get the details.