As a practitioner and instructor of yoga, I’m always looking for new ideas to enhance my classes, whether it be focusing on different variations of poses, breathing exercises also known as pranayama, and other meditation techniques.
I had heard of singing bowls but I never gave a thought to using them in my classes. Until one day, while scrolling through Instagram, I came across a one-minute video of a girl who was performing with a singing bowl. I stopped to listen and I was amazed at the calming effect I experienced! I then decided to investigate more on these mysterious singing bowls.
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History and Origins
The singing bowl, otherwise known as a “standing bell”, is an ancient Tibetan meditation tool, often used in Buddhism to accompany mudras, hymns and prayers. They are believed to have originated in the Himalayas as far back as 18,000 years ago.
Components of the Tibetan Singing bowl
The traditional Tibetan Singing bowl is made up of seven different metals: copper, iron, tin, lead, zinc, silver, gold & mercury. The bowl has a round crucible shape. The components are the source of multiphonic overtones produced by the bowls creating the special singing sound. These pure sonic waves produced by the singing bowls awaken our consciousness and can be both stimulating & calming to the entire body.
For healing purposes, these Tibetan singing bowls are often referred to as healing bowls or chakra bowls. There are different frequencies produced by the bowls for each chakra.
The bowls work through a practice that is called “brainwave entertainment” or the practice of causing brainwave frequencies. Documented studies also show the benefits of using the singing bowls as a massage tool; and coupled with their sound benefits, support medical treatments for abdominal and digestive issues, heart conditions, damaged spinal discs, bone joints and blood circulation issues. The use in healing is centered on the idea that an illness or disease is characterized by an interference to the flow of energy in the body. The sound frequencies are believed to restore and optimize the flow of energy in the parts of the body where it is required.
How to Play a Singing bowl
A singing bowl is played by striking its rim with a padded mallet. Another way is to rub a wooden mallet around the rim to emphasize the harmonic overtones.
The bowls are widely used as an aid in meditation and yoga, as well as music therapy, sound healing, religious services, performances and personal enjoyment. They are also used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki and chakra balancing. Knowing more about singing bowls has inspired me to purchase a few. Since then, I have begun incorporating them into my classes during meditation and Savasana. The results are astonishing and my students absolutely love them. The sounds really enhance the relaxation process.
So if you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend using them and you will be amazed yourself.