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Roots & Origins:

The Ancient Sacred Art of Overtone Singing

Overtone singing, also known as throat singing, has diverse origins and roots in various cultures around the world and holds a rich history and cultural significance across various regions.

Monks use overtone singing as a spiritual practice to create harmonics and reach altered states of consciousness. It serves as a form of meditation, connecting them with a deeper spiritual dimension and fostering a sense of inner peace and transcendence.

But Overtone singing can benefit anyone, not just monks. It has been explored for its potential therapeutic effects, promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and helping to reach states of meditation. Engaging in overtone singing or listening to it may contribute to a sense of well-being for everyone seeking relaxation and a deeper connection with their inner selves, and their true inner nature as well as with natural world outside and the true essence of life.

Culturally, overtone singing is often linked to nature, spirituality, and shamanistic practices. Its distinct vocal techniques produce harmonics, allowing a single singer to create multiple tones simultaneously. This phenomenon has captivated people globally, leading to cross-cultural collaborations and a growing appreciation for the spiritual and artistic dimensions of overtone singing.

Luter Meza has dedicated a big part of his life to study and practice the ancient overtone singing technics, ethnic and ancestral singing styles from around the world. Based on his expertise and experiences he has developed his own teaching method. He also transmits and reflects his unique knowledge and skills in the performances during his deeply touching concerts.

Join Luter Meza on this profound and healing journey to the origins and roots of this ancient sacred art of overtone singing through individual lessons, group classes, workshops and concerts. Experience the sacred harmony of Tibetan, Tuva and Mongolian Overtone Singing for your holistic harmony and well-being, guiding you into deep tranquility and inner peace and facilitating you to achieve different states of meditation.

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Individual Lessons, Group Classes, Workshops & Concerts with Luter Meza

  • Discover the techniques and principles behind overtone singing.

  • Experience the meditative and therapeutic aspects in a unique and enriching workshop & concert experience.

 

  • Learn to create overtones yourself and understand the cultural context and experience for yourself how the lessons and this ancient sacred art affect your own well-being.

Origin

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Mongolia & Tuva

Overtone singing has deep roots in Central Asian cultures, particularly among the nomadic herding communities of Mongolia and Tuva. Throat singing styles like Khöömei and Kargyraa are integral to their musical traditions.

Tibetan Buddhism

Monks in Tibetan Buddhist traditions use overtone singing as a form of spiritual practice. The deep, resonant tones are believed to aid meditation and are often incorporated into religious ceremonies.

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Therapeutic benefits

  • Stress reduction: Engaging in or even listening to overtone singing can induce a state of relaxation, reduce stress, and promote a sense of calm.

 

  • Mindfulness and meditation: Overtone singing serves as a powerful tool for mindfulness and meditation, helping individuals achieve a focused and centered state of mind. Improved breathing: Practicing overtone singing requires controlled breathing techniques, which can improve respiratory function and contribute to overall respiratory health.

 

  • Emotional well-being: The harmonic frequencies produced in overtone singing can have a positive impact on emotional well-being, potentially improving mood and reducing feelings of anxiety.

  • Voice therapy: Learning overtone singing techniques can be a form of vocal therapy that helps individuals develop better control over their voice and improve vocal skills.

  • Resonance and sound healing: Some believe that the resonant frequencies created in overtone singing have healing properties, the resonant frequencies can positively influence the energy within the body, contributing to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

  • Mind-body connection: Overtone singing promotes a deep mind-body connection and promotes awareness of the relationship between breath, sound, and overall physiological and psychological states.

  • Cultural connection: Engaging in overtone singing can provide a cultural connection for individuals and foster a sense of appreciation for diverse musical and spiritual traditions.

Important: This is only complementary and is not a replacement for a visit to and treatment with a doctor.

Connection to Nature

Overtone singing frequently mimics natural sounds, echoing the environment in which the practitioners live. In Central Asian cultures, for example, nomadic herders may use overtone singing to mimic the sounds of wind, animals, or landscapes. This connection to nature is a way of honoring and integrating the surrounding environment into their musical expressions.

Spiritual Aspects

In many traditions, overtone singing is intertwined with spiritual and shamanistic beliefs. Tibetan Buddhist monks, for instance, incorporate overtone singing into religious ceremonies and rituals, believing it to have sacred qualities. The harmonics produced are sometimes seen as a means of connecting with higher spiritual realms or facilitating meditation.

Overall, overtone singing is a holistic practice that reflects a deep relationship between the human experience and the broader context of nature and spirituality.

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