Today we’d like to introduce you to Faatima Harley.
Hi Faatima, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My yoga and sound healing journey began when one of my best friends invited me to a yoga class five years ago. I was hooked. After about two years, I decided to go through yoga teacher training to go deeper into my practice and learn more about yoga philosophy. I had no plans to teach yoga. As a cancer survivor, I learned the importance of holistic, complementary approaches to wellness and healing. Yoga and meditation just clicked for me. It was during yoga teacher training that I was first introduced to crystal singing bowls. It was love at first sound! I had to learn more about them and I knew I had to share them with the world.
I purchased my first bowl while visiting a crystal store in Sedona, AZ. I started getting invited to play my bowl after yoga classes. People responded the same way I had. Feelings of well-being, peace, calm, love and freedom. Free of anxiety, stress, insomnia and other ailments. Eventually, I would purchase more bowls and instruments as well as receive some as gifts. Fast forward to the Covid-19 Pandemic. So many people were looking for ways to cope with it all and I was ready to help.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Introducing anything new and outside of the box is a challenge. Even though yoga and meditation seem to be everywhere and really “trending,” many people are still reluctant to try it. Especially communities of color who may not have felt yoga was accessible to them. Many people see it as “New Agey” and can’t wrap their head around the term “Sound Bath.” And I may be the first or only person of color they have ever seen playing, singing crystal bowls and facilitating a Sound Bath Meditation. Then, of course, the pandemic hit and we were quarantined and isolated. I had to figure out how I was going to continue to share this amazing healing modality that has help me so much.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an intuitive Crystal Singing Bowl musician. Sound Bath Meditation Facilitator and a Reiki Level Two Practitioner. I work with drums, rainsticks, chimes and more! I am known for infusing Reiki (energy healing) into my sound bath sessions. Using guided meditation and various instruments, I take clients on a journey where they say they experience a level of deep relaxation that allows them to assist in their own healing. Mind, body and spirit.
I love hearing about people’s experiences during a sound bath. I’ve heard so many amazing stories from clients, but some of my favorite and most common are that they felt at peace for the first time in a long time. They felt like they were floating. They saw colors and musical notes. They had visions of loved ones and beautiful memories. They felt relieved of anxiety and experienced the best sleep ever, several days after. They are convinced that sound vibrations should be included in their healing journeys.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I am so humbled and I feel so honored to do something I love. Every time I give a sound bath, I am also receiving a sound bath. During the pandemic, I created “Self Care Sunday Sound Bath Retreat” to help friends and family cope and not feel so isolated. It is a free and donation-based offering that has grown and connected people of all races and diverse backgrounds from all around the world.
- Website: https://chocolateyogadestinations.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolateyogadestinations/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqRLx0v49j49ErOXvqTurXA