I remember the first time I heard a singing bowl
I was still fairly new to yoga, and still getting used to the entire vibe and all of the accouterments that were commonplace in the yoga world realm. The instructor, Christina, had an ethereal energy and I was enthralled with her. We were in a silent savasana, and I was dwelling somewhere in between the plains of awake and asleep. And then I heard it. One clear, bright, soul-stirring sound. One note. It not only brought me back to awareness of my surroundings. It touched on something deep. Something I didn’t know I could feel.
As I found my way back to a seat and listened to her words of wisdom and encouragement, I could still feel that singular note resonating within. Everyone around me began rolling up their mats and putting props back in their proper place. But I didn’t want to move. I wanted to be with this new, exciting feeling.
Eventually, I packed up too. But before I left the space, I asked Christina about the sound and how she created it. She smiled and signaled for me to follow her to the front of the studio. She handed me the bowl and mallet, encouraging me to try it out. My first attempt did not produce anything other than a clunking noise. She laughed and showed me how to hold it delicately in the palm of my hand. She encouraged a confident yet gentle touch. I tried again. This time, I received a song. But it didn’t sound the same as what she produced.
She explained the singing bowl is capable of many notes depending on where exactly contact is made and how it’s made and by whom. She equated it to playing any instrument. She compared it to a guitar and how depending on who’s playing, it can sound incredibly different and evoke totally unique emotions.
I was blown away by this, and officially hooked.
5 Ways to Include a Singing Bowl in Your Practice
If you already have a home practice, then you’re likely always looking for new ways to give it more meaning. Singing Bowls offer a myriad of benefits.
- mental clarity
- calming the central nervous system
- improving concentration
- inspiring internal vibrations and a deeper connection to your chakra system
Once you begin to incorporate them on a regular basis, you’ll likely find the benefits increase.
Try any of these 5 ways to incorporate a singing bowl into your yoga practice
- Use it at the very beginning of your practice so your brain and internal system respond with readiness. It’s a learned indication it’s now time to practice.
- Use it at the end of practice in the same way. It offers a conclusion that resonates even after you’ve stepped away from your mat. Try choosing a number of times you’ll ring the bowl. Once may be enough, but if your lucky number is 3, go with that.
- Use your singing bowl in harmony with other singing bowls. Collect a variety of sizes and bowls made with different materials to evoke a symphony that you create.
- If you’re practicing slower yin or hatha-style, you could ring the singing bowl between each pose or mini-sequence to reset and refresh your attention.
- Use a singing bowl before attempting postures that are difficult or not yet obtainable. Ring the bowl to indicate to yourself that you can embrace any challenge that comes your way.
If you’ve never tried it, I’m already so excited for you. Who knows what kind of reactions and emotions lay in wait that you’ve yet to feel.