Whistling comes from a state of feeling positive and content. Contentment is what we strive for. A neutral, sweet state of harmony. We are here and we are present in this moment. There is limitless potential, but there’s also no hurry. That feeling of having a twinkle in the eye and a warm heart.
There is something ethereal and sublime about the integration of whistling into a yoga and meditation practice. As with the sound current that we use in Kundalini yoga through mantra, whistling emits a frequency that serves to change the chemistry in the brain, to bring us into a meditative state.
The use of whistling in a meditation serves to open the heart chakra. The heart chakra is linked to the neutral mind. In a heart space, we are open to all – coming from a ‘beginners mind’ state. No judgement, we see beauty in all things, there is no right or wrong.
When you whistle you neutralise your energy, whistling activates your higher glands; the pituitary gland, pineal gland and hypothalamus. All of these glands serve to monitor the whole endocrine system in the body. They also are linked to intuition and access to deep states of meditative bliss.
Yogi Bhajan, who mastered Kundalini Yoga at the age of 16 years said when we whistle, we call in God. There are numerous kriyas and meditations that use whistling. Here is one of my favourites. A simple and very beautiful meditation to open the heart.
Meditation for Balancing Mind & Heart Unto Infinity
Sit with a straight spine. Bend your elbows and place your palms against your chest so that you can tuck your thumbs into your armpits. The thumbs press against the rib cage. Rest the palms and fingers of each hand against the chest. Rest the upper arms lightly against the rib cage.
Let the eyelids hang down that your eyes are 1/1oth open. Pucker the lips and inhale through the mouth with a whistle. Listen to the whistle-sound of the inhalation as you mentally vibrate “So”. Completely exhale through the nose as you listen to the breath and mentally vibrate “Hung”.
“So Hung” means “Inifinity, I am Thou”.
Continue for 11 minutes.
This meditation balances the frequency and quality of the heart centre. The heart centre opens the potential for compassion and humility. It is through the understanding that comes from the heart, that the mind can realise the concept that Infinity is within us.