Sound Healing – Tibetan Singing Bowl

There are various types and sizes of Tibetan singing bowls:

  • Handmade, hammered Tibetan singing bowls are made of 7 metals (gold, silver, copper, iron, lead, tin, and zinc) and produce many different tones, overtones, and pitches that mix beautifully together.
  • Machine-made Tibetan singing bowls are made of brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) and produce a mono-tonal, clear, and bright sound, but lack the richness and complexity of handmade bowls.

Ringing a Tibetan singing bowl:

  • The base of the bowl should rest on the palm of your non-dominant hand with your fingers extended outwards—your fingers should not touch the bowl.
  • Hold the mallet with your dominant hand and strike the bowl four times as you rotate around the bowl clockwise—strike the bowl every quarter turn.
  • As the bowl is ringing, gently rest the mallet on the rim and rotate clockwise around the bowl. You might also have to adjust your speed or the pressure of the mallet on the rim if the singing sound begins to fade or peak.
  • If the singing sound has faded, simply repeat the striking and rotation steps above.

Meditation exercise (2 to 5 minutes):

  • Ask the students to remain seated at their desk, close their eyes, take three deep breaths, and then focus on the sound that will resonate from the Tibetan singing bowl.
  • Strike the bowl four times, and then slowly walk around the classroom as you sing the bowl.

Sharing their experience:

  • Did you feel the sound vibrating on your body? Where?
  • How did the sound make you feel?
  • What thoughts came to mind?