Sound Meditation with Selda Goodwin
by Alexandra Williams,
Can you give us a brief bio and background as to how you got to where you are today?
Hi, my name is Selda. I share teachings of yoga, meditation and sound healing. I was drawn to re-establish a practice that reflected my childhood and teen ballet/dance classes. I fell into yoga about 16 years ago and have practiced ever since. Interestingly, the word ‘practice’ can often be misinterpreted in today’s society. I relate it to anything, as long as it is done with good intention and awareness. I did a great deal of moving about in my 20’s and early 30’s. I trained with many yoga and meditation teachers who taught me a multitude of skill sets. Now I focus a lot of my time, attention and energy on stillness, in order to be a pillar of clarity and support for others.
What experiences have been most important to you in life?
Travelling. Each time I taste a different culture, my spirit evolves. I am beyond alive when ensconced in other communities. It grounds me, reminds me to be thankful and helps me to see everyone as ‘collective energy’.
If you could describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?
Supportive, loyal, passionate.
Do you have any rituals you follow day to day?
Meditation, Breath, kindness, movement, smiling, interaction, sound.
Sound meditation seems to be finally having its moment - can you tell us about why it’s so powerful for you, and why people should try it?
The universe gives us what we need, when we need it. It’s no different with sound meditation. The crystal bowls are blends of quartz crystal, metals, gemstones and minerals, so they are made from the oldest elements on Earth. And just like sound, we also are made up of vibrations. What makes these Alchemy bowls magical is that they resonate at the same frequency as our brain and body. When the bowls are played, our brain begins to alter from an awake state, to a very deep, meditative, relaxed conscious state. When our body is fully at rest, which cannot be achieved through regular sleep, our brain chemistry shifts, our Para-sympathetic nervous system activates, our energy bodies realign and we become well.
I was fortunate enough to grow up listening to music, attending concerts with my parents and playing the piano. When I experienced my first sound bath, I cried for the entire hour. It felt like I had come home to myself. For me, sound is like a story that can express the soundscape of your life. I find it deeply healing and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like the bowls. Everyone should try a session, even it’s just to see how they respond.
Can you tell us about your events and how clients can book one of your classes ?
After many years of living and teaching in London, I now mainly work out of Selda Soul Space at home. It has the most wonderful feeling and I adore sharing it with others. I hold a sound bath here on the last Thursday of every month and it gets booked up pretty early on, so I always suggest to book in advance.
I teach at a meditation studio in Belgravia called Remind, and this year I am travelling to Ibiza, India and Turkey to share.
My website is seldasoulspace.com. People can stay updated, book on workshops or events and sign up for my newsletter here.