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Why Drumming is so good for you
Access deep meditative states fast, with joy and inspiration!
So often meditation practitioners feel frustrated or bored at some point in their practice. Drumming renews inspiration, amplifies intention, and strengthens our concentration while also providing a joyful meditation experience. Drumming makes meditation fun and easy! Drumming helps us release negative emotions and tap into the joy of creative expression through the production of endorphins, enkephalins, and alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with general feelings of well-being and euphoria. Anyone who has tried a drum circle knows the feelings of positivity, collectiveness and connectedness drummers share. Drumming together offers an enormous mood boost and is incredibly therapeutic.
Meditation with the drum improves concentration!
Drumming is extremely effective as a meditation tool because it improves our concentration and reduces mind chatter and distraction, which helps us to focus during meditation and in our daily life. Drumming can slow down the frequency of our brain waves which allows us to access deep meditative states quickly with ease! This is accomplished through the process of entrainment. When a drum beat is listened to long enough, the human brain begins to follow the beats, which in scientific terms is called entrainment – brainwave entrainment.
Expand your consciousness, connect to new possibility.
The drum holds a long tradition in ceremony and sacred practice. Drums have been the instrument of choice throughout the world since ancient times for ceremony and sacred practice. Shamans use the drum to travel to other dimensions. High priestesses of ancient times used the frame drum to invoke higher states of consciousness. Still today the drum is played in Buddhist and Hindu temples. “One of the most powerful aspects of drumming and the reason people have done it since the beginning of being human is that it changes people's consciousness. Through rhythmic repetition of ritual sounds, the body, the brain and the nervous system are energized and transformed. When a group of people play a rhythm for an extended period of time, their brain waves become entrained to the rhythm and they have a shared brain wave state. The longer the drumming goes on, the more powerful the entrainment becomes. It's really the oldest holy communion.” – Layne Redmond It is remarkable how quickly we enter into deep meditative states through drumming, which is magnified in groups. The brain is especially receptive to the range of frequency from the drum which makes it a powerful tool to expand consciousness. The harmonizing effect of drumming on the brain can be found on both the vertical and horizonal axis, i.e. the right/left as well as the upper/lower brain. Drumming appears to synchronize the lower areas of the brain (non-verbal) with the frontal cortex (language and reasoning). This integration produces feelings of insight and certainty. The drum also harmonizes the right and left-brain hemispheres which supports expanded consciousness, amplifies our intuition, and much more!
Reduce stress and improve mental strength through drumming.
Drumming induces deep relaxation and reduces feelings of stress. In one study, blood samples from volunteers who participated in an hour-long drumming session revealed a reversal in stress hormones. Stress reduction allows for greater mental clarity and is key to establish mental health so that we can enjoy life and relationships in a more positive way. Drumming engages and harmonizes both sides of the brain which can improve mental health and help you tap into greater creativity, intuition, and access deep meditative states. Most people use one hemisphere more than the other, creating an imbalance. “By integrating both hemispheres of your brain and allowing them to work in sync, you will experience an improvement in overall mental health, enhanced cognitive performance, better memory and intellectual functioning. You will begin to notice a limitless supply of insightful thoughts, with far less anger, anxiety, depression, and addiction. You will be happier, more optimistic, while feeling more "at one" with the world. All of these benefits do build one on top of the other, accumulating over time.” (EOC Institute, USA). In addition, electroencephalograph (EEG) studies have shown that humanity's greatest philosophers, thinkers, inventors, and artists use both brain hemispheres together, in unison. Harmonized brain hemispheres are a marker for excellence. *Professor Frederic Ullen from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm correlates a strong link between timekeeping and the functioning parts of the brain used for problem solving: “The rhythmic accuracy in brain activity that is observed when a person maintains a steady beat is also important to the problem-solving capacities measured with the intelligence tests.”
Studies show there are many health benefits to drumming.
Drumming lowers blood pressure, produces feelings of well-being, releases negative feelings and emotional trauma, reduces stress and helps control chronic pain. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing and boosts the immune system. According to a specific study conducted by Barry Bittman, MD, group drumming increases T-cells which specialize in the destruction of cancer cells and viruses. Drumming can certainly serve as a distraction from pain. And, it promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Psychologist Robert Dunbar conducted an experiment which showed that drummers demonstrated a significantly higher pain threshold after performing when compared to the non-drumming subjects. They also reported higher levels of positive emotions.
Meditative Drumming awakens the spiritual heart (the residence of our true essence), which sparks a new lifestyle full of self-confidence, creativity, peace, and joy.
A Navajo Elder once said, "The great spirit loved the drum so much, he gave everyone a heartbeat." Drumming generates new neural connections in all parts of the brain. The increase of neural connections lead to a deeper sense of Self-awareness, allowing for the realization of your true essence within the Spiritual Heart. Meditative Drumming allows you to calm the mind and emotions while focusing on heartfulness, so that you can create a life you love. I invite you to discover the joy of life through rhythm!
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MEDITATIVE DRUMMING™️ Certified Course
I teach the frame drum to groups of non-musicians and musicians in a meditative atmosphere. You don’t have to have any musical background to join. No musical knowledge is necessary! The drum is easy to learn and easy to play. It’s accessible to all. We learn rhythms and songs from around the world, and we have a lot of fun doing it!
Life is in a constant state of change and the drum helps us to reconnect to our natural inner rhythms to find stability. In my Meditative Drumming course, I will teach you rhythmic breath patterns to relax the mind and nervous system, and soul songs to elevate your energy and your community. You will experience deep meditation and renewed vitality through the cycles of rhythm and song. I teach the frame drum accompanied by sacred song and aquarian mantras which are actively aligned with our current times. The mantras in my Drum Meditation course hold the keys to open the heart, activate your inner guidance, and connect to your inner truth so that you can feel more peace, joy and freedom. In this course you will receive professional level teachings and recordings to learn to play the frame drum, and in depth spiritual teachings on the mystical nature of rhythm, mantra, and time. Join us to learn to create sacred art through meditative drumming, so that you can live a more meaningful and joyful life in rhythm. Let the drum guide you home to your heart! Welcome to our community.
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What students are saying
"Katrina really puts us at ease and miraculously enables us all to play together without us even realizing how! Our time together in the drum circle is a moment of peace; and this along with the ambiance of the studio, and the carisma of Katrina elevated me to a level I couldn´t previously imagine, which in many moments permitted me to experience the Sacred, transporting me to times imemorial.
I especially appreciate the way Katrina transmits and shares her knowledge. She uses a very accessible language while demonstrating enormous patience and a great sense of humor and joy. She makes us feel welcome and gives us confidence while helping us create an atmosphere of camaraderie among all participants."
- Nazaré Baptista
"Learning to play the frame drum was a excellent decision for me! The drum is a great tool for meditation, and I am already able to accompany some of my favorite music which gives me great enjoyment!"
- Anabela Ribeiro
"Katrina’s well structured and well oriented teaching methods along with her tranquility facilitated so well the entry into the drum circle as well as supported peaceful meditation for the whole group." - Sónia Rodrigues
"It was a great feeling to connect to the energy of the drum, and the joy and compassion of Katrina. I was able to sit for hours and hours in that studio, feeling serene and tranquil. The drum is really therapeutical!" - Catia Rocha
"It is remarkable how the drum classes with Satpreet support our inner connection and awaken another level of consciousness.
When I arrived home after the drum sessions, I felt more creative, communicative, and energetic. It was as if my mind and body continued in this dance and dialogue of rhythm!
A highlight for me were the meditative moments accompanied by flute and other instruments as well as connection to the group. It's wonderful to learn rhythms together in community and play together in sync!" - Sónia Rodrigues
"The day I have drum class sets the pace of the week for me. Learning how to play the drum has given me new self-confidence, sensations of peace, and new level of well-being. I feel a strong connection to the drum, to Katrina and to the entire group. Katrina and her classes inspire a sense of calmness which has had an amazing impact in my life. I love it and I want to have more!"
- Joana Roma Torres
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