Tone Stretch Test

This isn’t the yawn tech I talked about in the last post, but is something interesting I’ve been playing around with for a while. I’d like you to test it please, and report back in the comments section.

Ideally this would be tested by people who already have a yoga or stretching routine and could therefore see more clearly whether or not this helps, but I’m eager to hear back from anyone.

What I want you to do is visit this tone generator and enter a frequency of 172Hz, then press play. Sing along with that note, like this: “Ahhhhhhh”. Memorize the note, keep singing it, and turn off the tone generator.

Now, while continuing to sing the note, perform some stretches or poses.

The only question I want you to answer is: Does singing the note make poses or stretches easier?

For example, to touch my toes I ordinarily have to do several warm-up attempts first. However, while singing that note, I can go straight down in one motion.

Bizarrely, this also works while just imagining the note playing in my head, without me physically singing it. Give that a try, too.

The tone of 172Hz is matched roughly to the resonance frequency of my own voice, so other pitches might work better for you. To find your own voice’s resonance frequency is easy enough: it’s just the pitch of your normal speaking voice, minus any affectation you might have picked up such as a deep “tough guy” voice. (Side note: Speaking deeper than your natural voice tone actually makes your voice less powerful acoustically.) Just try a variety of tones and see if they help your stretches/poses. A good idea is just to pick a tone on instinct as these usually turn out to be correct.

Finally, go for a walk and sing a tone in your head. Does this improve posture and walking motion?

Let me know your results in the comments section below.

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8 Responses

  1. pawel says:

    There is easily noticeable vibration in the arms.

  2. Buddha says:

    Isn’t about the tone just wanted to say thank you. I tried the bridge nose meditation and i couldnt belive it i actually felt bliss. Thought it was placebo at first but it was much to strong best way i can describe it is cuddling with a woman you love after sex. Wasnt jhana tho. Since then iv been meditating 4 hours reguraly trying to get upto 7. Able to taste it somedays. Somedays nothing.Also Iv noticed something intersting i cant even get a taste of pleasure if iv masterbated the day before it seems when i do nofap my meditation gets much stronger do u have any expierences with this. N once again i apperciate the knowledge u have put out for free. Much metta

    • Illuminatus says:

      Awesome! 🙂

      “I tried the bridge nose meditation and i couldnt belive it i actually felt bliss.”

      Can I ask which post you read to find that meditation, please? This is so I know which posts describe it well.

      “Thought it was placebo at first but it was much to strong best way i can describe it is cuddling with a woman you love after sex. Wasnt jhana tho. Since then iv been meditating 4 hours reguraly trying to get upto 7. Able to taste it somedays. Somedays nothing.”

      I have noticed people tend to start throwing more time at meditation once they have tasted the bliss. The hope is that they will get lucky again. But that’s playing a numbers game. You might spend 7 hours and never hit it.

      What you really want to do now is refine the TECHNIQUE. Figure out what you did to taste the bliss and do it again, and better. This is where you will be getting a notepad and pen and writing notes after every session so nothing goes to waste. I feel meditation is better done in perhaps 1-hour sessions while the mind is fresh and technique is the focus rather than time spent. So, quality over quantity. But, if you hit jhana, obviously you will want to stay there for several hours and that’s fine. Until then, the whole system now needs to be about figuring out what you did to get that bliss and then repeating and refining, repeating and refining, till it’s the perfect system for you personally.

      I will start you off with some suggestions. The bliss arises due to a specific way you paid attention to the breath at the bridge of the nose. My favourite metaphor for the ideal type of attention is, “nursing the breath”. So, you don’t grab hold of it too tightly. But, also, you do not let it go. It’s like a baby. You hold it gently and play with it. Your attention cannot go HARD to the breath because it will flee. You need to hold the breath in mind, and let it be in mind, without grabbing at it. There is a delicate balance whereby your attention goes to the breath, and it feels “squeezed” so you back off. And in that gentle “go towards, back off, go towards, back off” rhythm all the pleasure in the world arises.

      When you feel the pleasure, like you described, in order to then get to jhana, you mentally acknowledge the pleasure but do not get distracted by it. Instead, you keep your attention doing exactly what it did to create the pleasure in the first place — i.e. nursing the breath. If you can simultaneously tune into the pleasure while still nursing the breath then you will surely get jhana very soon. It is just that simple.

      “Also Iv noticed something intersting i cant even get a taste of pleasure if iv masterbated the day before it seems when i do nofap my meditation gets much stronger do u have any expierences with this.”

      Masturbation negatively affects beginners’ ability to meditate. After you can get jhana relatively reliably however masturbation does not affect the system all that much (though jhanas are still noticeably stronger if you abstain). It is better to abstain or cut masturbation down to once or twice a week when you are learning to meditate.

      • Illuminatus says:

        I forgot to say: if you feel you hit a wall with the pleasure on the way to jhana — i.e. it is too intense — then just back your attention off from the object a little and let your system settle down for a few seconds. Then go towards it again. The pleasure will rise and hit a new brick wall which is slightly above your previous one. Keep repeating: back off, recover, go back towards it. You are training the system to tolerate a much higher throughput of energy. When your threshold is high enough, one of these pleasure rushes will be jhana arising.

  3. Corley says:

    I tried it out, and the results were there, i.e. the stretch was easier and I stretched further on the initial stretch. My two hesitations regarding putting much weight on these results in my own instance are: 1) A feeling beforehand that I “would” stretch further due to the technique (placebo). 2) the tone changed while doing the stretching (which was basically a toe touch,) since the position itself/lung compression forced it to. It still seemed to naturally go into a tone that made sense or felt right however.

  4. Illuminatus says:

    “1) A feeling beforehand that I “would” stretch further due to the technique (placebo).”

    I don’t think placebo applies. The technique is to get nerves working together better (mechanism unknown but I have some ideas). So, if you wanted to stretch further, and the technique allowed it, does the concept of placebo really apply?

    A more stringent test however could be to choose a pose you ordinarily cannot achieve, and see if the technique allows you to achieve that or at least go further into it than ever before.

    “2) the tone changed while doing the stretching (which was basically a toe touch,) since the position itself/lung compression forced it to.”

    Yes, this happens, that’s why I added the part about just imagining the tone playing in your head — which seems to work just as well as actually singing it!

    “It still seemed to naturally go into a tone that made sense or felt right however.”

    When imagining tones, you can pick one that “seems right” on instinct and it will be. This is quite an interesting tech when you get into it. Fairly sure tones could be used to change emotional state, too.

    • Rigz says:

      Perhaps this phenomena isn’t due to any inherent quality of the tone as a sound, but simply due to the fact that creating a constant tone requires constant innervation of nerves in typically hyper wound regions, the jaw, throat and neck. This innervation then allows for greater range of movement as it “lubricates” with nerve activity an area that would otherwise be permanently wound. The seeming superior effect of one’s “natural tone” might be because it is the tone that our vocal chords, being suited to our own voices, carry the greatest potential for total nerve activation with.

      This would explain why you don’t even need to “sound” the tone. You can merely “think” of the tone which is simply to innervate the neck and jaw.

      • Illuminatus says:

        That’s one conclusion I reached. And it’s not just the jaw/vocal cords, either. Vocalization of a tone uses literally the entire body — think, breathing patterns, and different cavities in the body opening to produce tones of varying pitch. This is the basis of chanting/mantra meditation. Psychology is deeply controlled by the body’s nerve firing patterns. Those nerves activate even if you do not physically produce the tone, the same way the tongue flexes during verbal thought.

        The other idea I had is that singing is one of the only processes requiring the entire brain (which is why they have stroke victims sing to regain function). Of course, the right brain gets pulled in too, which is better at using the body than the regular left-brain modality.

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