Meet Our Team: Sound Therapist Petals
Petals is a Acutonics Level 2 certified sound therapist, he guides 50-minute private virtual sessions with us called Mental Reset. During these challenging times, emotions have a tendency to veer us to extremes and mental clarity- or samadhi – is hard to come by, but using meditation, Sanskrit mantra and free writing he helps you reclaim your connection to Spirit. This practice aligns with the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and is suitable for those with a regular meditation practice, as well as those who haven’t meditated before. Petals is available by appointment only for this virtual one-on-one session, he has availability every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and the pricing is $75.
Petals discovered sound healing indirectly through the yoga world, he is a RYT 200, but music has always played a significant role in his life. He studied classical piano since age 9, and he believes sound has the power to unlock feelings we can’t always verbalize, and with this he combines his three greatest loves: music, meditation and movement. You can learn more about Petals in our interview below and to book a virtual Mental Reset with him please contact the center here.
AGY: What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Petals: “Energy flows where the intention goes.”
AGY: What is your spirit animal and why?
Petals: Probably a hummingbird because I love sweet beverages.
AGY: Who has been your biggest mentor on your spiritual path?
Petals: Many people come to mind but in regards to mantra practice, my teacher Jap Dharam in LA has taught me so much. Particularly, the importance of a regular chanting practice, and how we can use mantra as a communication line with the Divine.
AGY: What is your favorite mantra?
Petals: Ad Guray nameh
AGY: What is your Astrology Sign and how do you relate to it?
I’m a Virgo sun which helps me stay connected to my body, I think in some ways Virgos like to feel everything on a physical level otherwise it doesn’t seem real to them and that’s why asana practice has been so important for me. I also have Gemini moon and rising, so physical practice has always been important to keep me out of my head.
AGY: How did you get into Yoga?
Petals: I took some classes in college but didn’t really get into it until a few years later. I was staying with a friend in San Francisco and kept going back to Yoga to the People in the Mission. I loved it. The sweating, the structure of the class, the focus on breathing. There is something humbling about putting yourself into these tricky shapes, in a room full of sweaty strangers, and working through the discomfort together. Coming to corpse pose, chanting Ohm, and leaving feeling totally at peace, then coming back the next day and doing it all over again.
AGY: What is your favorite asana and why?
Petals: I can’t pick just one, though utthita parsvakonasana always feels really good in my hip flexors.
AGY: What is a random fact about you?
Petals: I used to review hotels for a living.
AGY: If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three items would you bring?
Petals: Boba, John Fante’s “Ask the Dust,” and my yoga mat.
To book a virtual Mental Reset with Petals contact us here.