Sound Bath Meditation

Program Overview

A Sound Bath Meditation is an immersive experience that uses resonant sounds to calm the nervous system and promote mind-body connection. A facilitator uses a variety of instruments – such as Crystal bowls, Himalayan singing bowls, gongs, drums, chimes, harps and more – shown to have restorative effects on the body.

Like other meditation practices, a sound bath is generally experienced lying down or in an otherwise comfortable position. Participants often use various props to ensure their comfort, such as a bolster underneath the knees, eye mask and blankets.

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Following a sound bath, participants report a variety of positive effects, including:

  • Reduced stress
  • Deeper and higher quality sleep
  • Reduction in the perception of pain
  • Looser muscles
  • Enhanced clarity
  • Emotional release

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Schedule: Thursday, July 18, 2024, 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Instructor: Amanda Richardson, PhD

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Amanda E. Richardson is a certified sound healer, yoga instructor and a national board-certified health coach. She spent over 15 years in molecular and health behavior research before transitioning to coaching, yoga and sound healing. She is committed to using her knowledge of evidence-based practices to help people fully realize their vision of optimal health.

Her sound bath meditations combine her knowledge of yoga and meditation, coaching, and music. She is formally trained as a classical pianist and spent many years as a singer in school and community choirs. After a long gap, she picked up music again but with a focus on using musical sounds to facilitate meditation, deepen relaxation, and promote mind-body connection. Along the way, she earned two certifications in sound healing and continues to deepen her knowledge of the field. Her sound bath meditations include a variety of instruments used throughout the world, some for hundreds of years, in order to give participants a varied and expansive experience.

In addition to facilitating sound bath meditations, Amanda is also an independent health and wellness coach, assists in the coach training program at Duke University, contracts with various organizations as a health coach and educator, and teaches a variety of yoga classes through the Triangle area of North Carolina.


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • M.S., The University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
  • B.A., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


  • National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
  • Certified Health and Well-being Coach, Duke University
  • Certified Sound Healer, YogaFarm Ithaca
  • Certified Integrative Sound Healer, Sound Healing Academy
  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200), Yoga Alliance
  • ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor
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