We are Sankofa Mind + Body

Sankofa Mind + Body, launched in 2019, is a sound meditation and yoga-centric organization based in Detroit, Michigan.

Sound Meditation is the practice of deepening meditation with the use of various sounds and music to stimulate the mind and body.

Sound has been used in ancient cultures around the globe for thousands of years to ease anxiety, stress, depression, and to promote a sense of well-being. Many cultures, religions, and mystic traditions have celebrated the power of music to induce trance and meditative states and expand one’s consciousness.

Sankofa Mind + Body’s approach to sound meditation includes a variety of tools to create a blissful sonic positive and self-healing space. A typical session includes using a combination of crystal and metal singing bowls, percussion instruments, chimes and more to deepen the meditative sound bath experience.

Why Practice? Benefits!

  • Enables participants to disengage their undesirable habitual patterns (emotional, energetic, intellectual, and physical)
  • Accesses and release traumas
  • Brings the self into a state of inner peace and calmness
  • Enhancing one’s state of presence and self-awareness
  • Empowers positive cognitive change
  • Elevates the self into a state of inner peace and calmness
  • Reduces stress
  • Deepens relaxation
  • Enhances creativity
  • Uplifts the spirit/personal vibration

News & Events

Join Sankofa Mind + Body and Prandhara Prem (@prandharaprem) this Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 14:00 to relax, relate, and release.

Agenda: The session begins with a fire circle to connect everyone. After preparation, we will transition into the tantra meditation led by Prandhara Prem and conclude with a Tibetan bowl sound immersion which includes a combination of voice to guide you, five Tibetan bowls, and nature to create a tapestry of vivid healing sounds to bring you to a place of deep relaxation.

You are encouraged to bring:
• Small Pillow • Smile • Love • Peace

Location:
Av Nossa Senhora de
Copacabana 664 sala 507
Galeria Menescal

Suggested Donation:
minimum: R $15,00
abundant: R $20,00+
prosperity: R $35,00+

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Junte-se a Join Sankofa Mind + Body e Prandhara Prem (@prandharaprem) neste sábado, 16 de novembro de 2019 às 14:00 para relaxar, se relacionar e liberar.

Agenda: A sessão começa com um círculo de fogo sagrado para conectar todos. Após a preparação, faremos a transição para a meditação tântrica liderada por Prandhara Prem e concluiremos com uma imersão no som da tigela tibetana, que inclui uma combinação de voz para guiá-lo, cinco tigelas tibetanas e a natureza para criar uma tapeçaria de sons de cura vívidos para levá-lo a um lugar de relaxamento profundo.

Você é incentivado a trazer: • Almofada Pequena • Sorriso • Amor • Paz

Localização:
Av Nossa Senhora de
Copacabana 664 sala 507
Galeria Menescal

Doação sugerida:
mínimo: R$ 15,00
abundante: R$ 20,00 +
prospero: R$ 35,00 +

Weekly sound bath and meditation now available at the N’Namdi Movement Center, located at 52 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.

The Sunday Sound Bath Meditation begin at 10:30am. $25 per person in advance or slight higher for drop ins.

Read our blog post for more information here.

Upcoming Dates:

November 06, 2019 |    2030    | Rio Vermelho / Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

November 24, 2019 | 1030 am | N’Namdi Movement Center

What People Are Saying

Michigan Chronicle – Sankofa Mind + Body Presents: The Yoga Bath Sessions

Fifteen Minutes of Flame – Episode 7 Vibrate Higher

The Progressive Underground – September 8, 2019 Episode

Our Facilitator

Tafari Stevenson-Howard is a Detroit, Michigan-based sound meditation facilitator who was introduced to the world of sound healing by indigenous practitioners while visiting the Brazilian rainforest.  It is here that Tafari was ignited with passion through this ancient healing medium.

Over the years, Tafari practiced various forms of meditation and yoga practices. When he was introduced to the use of sound vibration as a vehicle for well-being and balance, Tafari began sharing the practice of sound meditation with his community as a way to assist people to become more present and to foster relaxation in the mind and body by implementing sound centering tools.

In addition to Tafari’s passion for sound meditation, he is an avid world traveler and an award-winning visual artist and interpreter who has been telling stories through photography for well over a decade.

Life

Buddha

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Love

Tim Ferriss

Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally. Observe how you judge both yourself and those around you.

Peace

Bryant McGill

Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.

Meditate

Bhagavad Gita

When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place.

Practitioner Feedback

  • Nojamba C. -
    I recently had the opportunity to experience a sound bath given by Sankofa Mind + Body. It was superb! The soothing sounds of the bowls were stimulating and therapeutic, and I quickly was able to sink in with ease.  The healing vibrations from the collection of instruments created an incredibly peaceful environment for me to get into deep meditation. I left the session feeling soothed, reset and reconnected with my intentions. Thank you Tafari!
    Nojamba C. - Corporate Social Responsibility Executive
  • Nonzwakazi Hill -
    "My experience with Sankofa Mind and Body was magical.  It was a concert for my mind, body, and soul.  Between the sounds and the vibration, the effects were profound making me both relaxed and joyful.  The sounds of the bowls were very uplifting and feeling the vibration of the bowls on my body provided much needed healing for my anxious spirits. Several  days following the session, the mental relief I felt was euphoric. I didn’t have to try to shut off my mind, the bowls interrupted the pathway of thought. It gave me such a mental break, a pause, and reset. Thank you Tafari."
    Nonzwakazi Hill - Youth Services Program Manager
  • Ebony Williams -
    "Tafari's sound bath experience was relaxing & reinvigorating. I'm an autoworker that works 10hr afternoon/midnight shifts. To have participated and still had to work that day I can definitely say it got me through my shift... I wasn't  looking at the clock anxiously waiting to clock out. Tafari creates the best energy and vibe to get U through"
    Ebony Williams - Production Operator & Community Activist
  • Kevicha Echols, PhD -
    "The sound bath experience was one of the most self-aware and reflecting meditative experiences I felt. The sounds sent the power of vibration through my body and mind helping to reduce overwhelming thoughts and the daily clutter in my mind, and forcing me to completely relax."
    Kevicha Echols, PhD - Sexologist
  • Amber Williams -
    "I am very appreciative of how Tafari’s practice activates mediation and healing through somatic and restorative sound. His sessions provide an open yet collective and community centered environment to connect the mind, heart, spirit, and body. Thru sound bath, I’ve been inspired to sustain regular mediative and healing practices as an extension of my self love and care, and look forward to continuing sound bath with Tafari in the future. "
    Amber Williams - Educator
  • Indigo Zuri -
    "I can't find the words to express how lifted I was after participating in your sound bath yoga session. I hadn't felt that peaceful in years and that night I slept like a baby. Thank you for creating a special space for spiritual, physical and mental healing. Can't wait for the next opportunity."
    Indigo Zuri - Image Consultant
  • Ideeyah -
    "The sound bath was the meditation experience that I’ve always wanted to have. I felt so connected. Even in a room full of strangers, the vibe felt very personal & intimate. I literally floated through the rest of my day."
    Ideeyah - Vocal Artist
  • Eliza Sorsie -
    "When Tafari mentioned he was hosting a sound bath experience i was intrigued. Having practiced yoga for many years and even floated in a salt water tank recently, I was open to trying something new for stress relief and restoration.  It exceeded my expectations! Being immersed in sound waves was a whole new experience! It allowed me to focus on just the sounds and vibration around me, with no other noise or movement or disruption to break my focus. How often can we completely tune out the world around us and just be? Not very often. Can’t wait to try it again! "
    Eliza Sorsie - Finance Manager
  • Jenn Howard -
    "I did not know what to expect as I had never journeyed down this path of wellness before. But I knew that if I kept my conscious mind open, my subconscious mind would follow. And that is exactly what happened.  I journeyed into a space, facilitated by Tafari, that was subconsciously warm and peaceful. Tafari created a space in which my Third Eye vibrated to the sounds of rainforest mist laying like dew on tropical leaves, birds sang in symphony as only Nature’s orchestra can do when channeling treble and bass in tandem. My Third Eye sent vibrations of tranquility throughout my body and I found momentary peace within a troubled world."
    Jenn Howard - Forensic Clinician
  • Opolla Brown -
    "The sound bath is an amazing experience. As an attorney, I am always multitasking. Having the tones wash over you is an awesome experience that helps you relax. When Tafari said “let the water take you” I felt like I was floating on water! even though I was on the floor!” I can’t wait to do it again. "
    Opolla Brown - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

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