CP: Hi Leyla, we are very proud to have you for the interview! You are a recent stroke survivor, how are you doing?
L: I am doing okay, thank you so much for asking and I hope you are doing well too. I am still in a process of healing, mostly emotionally and mentally but physically I feel almost back to ‘normal’ now. I am also raising funds for the American Stroke Association with the release of my new meditation mantra “I Am Free”.
CP: We heard about your recent release of a pop mediation and affirmation song recorded in 432 HZ frequency for the 3rd eye chakra. Can you tell us how it works?
L: Everything in the universe has a frequency and vibrates. Atoms vibrate against each other to form a molecule, and those atoms and molecules have signature vibrational waves that can be measured in Hertz (HZ). All organisms are made of atoms and molecules, which means they have a natural frequency or set of frequencies at which they vibrate, even objects that appear to be stationary. Motion generates frequencies and generates sound whether we are able to hear it or not. Everything has a sound, and it’s own level of vibration. A frequency is the number of times a wave repeats itself within a second. Auditory stimuli, such as music, binaural beats or positive affirmations are utilized to influence brain wave chemistry, impacting our physical and mental well-being.The frequencies we listen to can change our brain’s frequency through the auditory cortex, altering our emotions that trigger releasing hormones and chemicals with the ability to heal the body. Music has been shown to modulate several cardiac and neurological functions and to trigger measurable stress-reducing pathways, to modulate blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, alter immune and endocrine function; and improve pain, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, and depression.
CP: Why is it important to activate your 3rd eye chakra?
L: Some spiritual views hold that our body is more than just physical and mental, it’s also an energetic system called chakras.The chakras symbolize energy centers and correspond to a bundle of nerves, major organs, and areas of our spiritual body that impact our physical and emotional well-being.The Third Eye chakra is located between the eyebrows.It is said that meditating upon this chakra destroys the karma of past lives and brings liberation and intuitive knowledge. Its attributes are intelligence, intuition, insight, and self-knowledge. When imbalanced, it may make you feel non-assertive and afraid of success, or on the contrary, it can make you more egotistical. An imbalance can manifest as physical problems like headaches, blurry vision, and eye strain.
CP: Why did you choose 432 HZ frequency for your meditation song?
L: According to international researcher and musician Ananda Bosman, the archaic Egyptian instruments that have been unearthed are largely tuned to A = 432Hz. The ancient Greeks tuned their instruments predominantly at 432Hz. Playing and listening to music that has been tuned to 432 Hz creates a sense of peace and well being as it is the harmonic intonation of nature. This frequency is also said to be helping with releasing stress and tension from the body and mind, to help release serotonin and endorphin (which keep the blood pressure and heart rate stable and to release toxins and energy blockages).
CP: How did your interest in healing music grow?
L: Many years ago I attended a program in NYC where I got certified as a Sound Healer. It was the first time I learned about how sound can really affect you and impact your health. One of our task was to define our goals in terms of sound healing and mine was to understand how to make commercial Pop music more healing. I believe using different frequencies in medicine is the future. We are all made of frequency.
CP: You refer to your music as “Yoga Pop”. Can you tell us how did you come up with this innovative genre?
L: The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root word “yug,” which means to yoke or unite. I wanted to ‘unite’ or combine healing frequencies/sound healing with commercial Pop music to bring more balance and make it restorative.
CP: You’ve also been had a song placement in the “Temptation Island” dating show, is that right? How was this experience for you?
L: Yes, I had a few placements and have been collaborating with other songwriters and singers on creating music for music synchronization in Tv, film and advertisement. I have defintey been feeling grateful. It’s a great feeling when hard work pays off. The music business can be very competitive and it’s has its ups and downs.
CP: Who are the top three music artists of all time for you?
L:That is a difficult question :) as there are many great artist each for their now unique talents, but I think Whitey Houston has definitely one of the most iconic voices of all times and I love the older songs of Maria Carey like “Hero”. Michael Jackso
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