'Sound baths' are a thing

Meditation, yoga combo gain popularity

LOS ANGELES – Finding time to relax can be difficult, but a new relaxation method is striking the right chord with some customers.

The hybrid of meditation and yoga is called a "sound bath." There is no actual bathing, just bowls, gongs and the vibrations of sound.

The gongs represent the planets, and each one is played to experience a different emotion.

"You listen to the sound, you focus and it carries your mind away and then you are allowed to relax your body," said sound healer Jamie Ford.

"We start to relax and also have physiological response such as decreased heart rate, decreased pulse, our breathing deepens," added Ford.

The practice has become popular in major cities like Los Angeles and New York.