Singing Bowl: Music for healing and meditation

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.

Happy New Year!

If you have not already heard, 2019 is the year of TheYogiRD. We have been working hard to prepare a great line up of posts and videos just for you. That being said, if you ever have questions or would like for me to talk about a specific topic related to nutrition or yoga, let me know! Each month, we will be making one blog post and two YouTube videos (one related to yoga and one on nutrition).

As we ring in the new year (pun intended), I thought it would be fun to talk about music and sound. During the fall of 2018, this beautiful small business that sells singing bowls in Vancouver, Canada reached out to me. Now, I have had some experience listening to singing bowls, but I have never played one let alone owned one so needless to say, I was a bit nervous. After chatting on the phone with one of the owners, I found out that singing bowls have some amazing health benefits and they are very simple to use.

Who can use a singing bowl?

Anyone! Singing bowls have been used for centuries, and are most often used in yoga studios, during reiki sessions, as music therapy or even as part of sound healing.

Since I am most familiar with the yoga aspect of singing bowls, the rest of this post will be focused on using it as part of your yoga practice. However, if you have more specific questions, reach out to the folks here.

What are the benefits of using a singing bowl as part of my yoga practice?

Due to the sound they make, singing bowls have a calming and centering effect on the mind. Therefore, singing bowls can be useful as a way to open and close a yoga practice or meditation. As you may know, what the mind does so the body follows; so when your mind begins to calm, so does the body. Personally, I have really enjoyed ending Savasana with the singing bowl as it is a peaceful way to coax my students out of a deep meditation and feel grounded when coming back to the conscious state.

What sound does a singing bowl make?

This truly depends on the size of your singing bowl; the larger the bowl, the deeper the sound. The small to medium sized bowl that I received sounds very similar to that of a bell. You can hear an example of the sound on the Singing Bowl website.

I will be including the singing bowl in my next yoga video this month!

Question of the day:

What is the sound that makes you feel happy, alive and in your bliss? Maybe it's a singing bowl?!

Mine is the empty sound of a forest, dotted with small bursts of noise from the life within it.

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