Sara Auster is changing the way the world is engaging with sound and the act of listening. As a sound therapist, meditation teacher, and artist, she has been a driving force in bringing sound baths to contemporary culture. Using a holistic approach to well-being with the transformative power of music and sound, her carefully crafted experiences allow sound to be used as a tool to access meditative states, support self-inquiry, and cultivate deep relaxation.
At the age of twenty-three, Sara was working full-time as an artist and musician in her New York City studio when the floor collapsed leaving her back broken in 4 places and temporarily paralyzed. Her physicians at the time told Sara she would live a life of chronic pain, limited mobility, and prescription drugs. This diagnosis led Sara to embark on a journey of recovery from physical and emotional trauma. By way of this healing process, she created a uniquely approachable method based on over a decade of study in psychoacoustics, yoga and meditation, and a lifetime of experience in music and art.
In 2014 Sara co-created the Mindful Music + Sound Series at Tibet House, and began to serve on their associate board. This experience inspired Sara to expand her sound offerings to more cultural institutions and public spaces eventually leading to a partnership with the mass meditation event, The Big Quiet and meditation studio, MNDFL. During her two years as Sound Director for both, Sara curated and facilitated unique, site specific sound bath experiences, for up to 10,000 people at a time, in iconic venues such as: The Museum of Modern Art, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, One world Observatory, The Rubin Museum and SummerStage in Central Park.
Sara’s work in making meditation and sound baths accessible to all, has gained her recognition as a leading voice in the wellness movement. She has been invited to speak about mindfulness and sound for companies such as Google, Microsoft and American Express. Her work has been featured in several global media outlets including: The New York Times, Time Magazine, Vice, Quartz and Billboard Magazine and was named a top meditation by Oprah Magazine in 2016.
Through sound baths, sound meditation, community events, education and corporate mindfulness training, Sara facilitates mindful and immersive experiences that allow participants access to improved focus, expansive creativity, and deep human connection through listening.
New York Times - So You Think You Can't Meditate?
Billboard Magazine - I Want to Find My Way
Men's Journal - Zen Out: A Guided Sound Meditation
MindBodyGreen - The Real Reason Sound Baths are Still a Rising Trend
Garance Dore - Steady MInds
The New York Times - No Texts, Please, We're Meditating
Everyday Health - Sound Baths: Soothing Stress With Sound
The Log Journal - VARIATIONS: Ways of Listening
Well + Good - Listen to this Sound Bath Recording for Some Super-Healing Self Care (author)
Yoga Journal - 9 Inspiring Meditation Teachers to Know
Well + Good - Where to Experience a Sound Bath in NYC
Yahoo Health - Music + Meditation: How Sound Baths Wash Away Stress
Well + Good - New York City's Sonic Bath Boom
Sound Fly - Sara Auster and the Healing Power of Sound
La Vita Wellness - Monthly Muse
Teach.Yoga - Sound Healing
The Coveteur - Get Well with Michelle Promaulayko