Singing Bowls

Singing bowls

The tradition of singing bowls, also called healing bowls, dates back to 2,000 BC in Asia. Singing bowls are made of an alloy of seven different metals, each of which is assigned to an astrological planet and thus differs in the range of sound and their overtones.

These seven metals are gold for the Sun, mercury for Mercury, copper for Venus, iron for Mars, tin for Jupiter, and lead for Saturn.

The shape of these shells differs in size, depth, color and perimeter.
Singing bowls can be used as a cooking vessel, offering bowl, percussion instrument and for meditation and relaxation. The special thing about singing bowls is that they not only produce a special sound, but also special vibrations.
According to science, music can have a direct impact on mood, brain waves, the nervous system and body chemistry. Music plays a key role in the spirituality and religion of many cultures and is also used to promote sleep and digestion, as well as to reduce mental disorders.
The vibration of the singing bowl can stimulate the body, restore its own harmonic frequency and help to create alpha waves, which are pr#sent in the brain when we are in deep relaxation.
Singing bowls of all sizes are used by many to cleanse the atmosphere in a room of negative energies, not least to release emotional blockages.
Many people feel touched and purified in their innermost being when they hear and feel the sound of the singing bowls. Others describe this state of sound experience as “time stands still” – a feeling of deep peace and harmony.
It is said that renowned Tibetan masters used the sound of singing bowls in secret rituals, gaining freedom from their material bodies thanks to the sound of singing bowls. There is a connection between the bowls and Ayurvedic music therapy and Ayurvedic medicine.
Nepalese women eat their meals from singing bowls to absorb lost minerals and iron.
There are five basic techniques for playing singing bowls: Striking, circling, filling water, filling toneless vowels and circling.
Singing bowls are called tagoo in Mongolia, jala tarang and ghatam in India and China, and noot in Kashmir.

Video of making the singing bowls

The seven phases of a complete singing bowl relaxation includes first the head, then the arms, third the neck, fourth the back, then the abdomen and chest, sixth the face, and then a circle around to the neck.

Effects attributed to singing bowl relaxation:

  • –  Promote energy balance
  • –  Reduction of stress and agitation
  • –  Dissolution of tensions
  • –  Increase creativity and imagination
  • –  Increase of vitality
  • –  Brain region compensation
  • –  Harmonization of body, mind and soul

For the promotion of self-esteem and assertiveness, you should hold the singing bowl on the palm of the left hand, tap the bat lightly against the side of the bowl. Using an even pressure, rub the whipping ring around the outside edge of the rim of the bowl. Use a full arm motion, just like a big bowl of soup, and keep the striker straight up and down. It is not a wrist movement, but a full arm movement. Remember to apply pressure – the friction of the striker against the outer edge creates vibration, which results in noise. Let the sound slowly rise while the singing bowl picks up the vibration

Pictures of the production of singing bowls