People often ask me about the significance of the singing bowl I play at the end of each yoga class. The simple answer is that it creates a vibrational sound to stimulate our brainwaves and create a sense of peace and calm.
Sound has been used for millennia for healing purposes. Most ancient civilizations used sounds: tribal drums, didgeridoo, flute, singing and chanting. Tibetan Monks craft their Singing Bowls out of brass or bronze to produce produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation and meditation.
Traditionally used as a meditation tool, Tibetan singing bowls are also used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, healing, Reiki and chakra balancing. The sound of the bowl has an immediate centering effect and the resonance creates balance between the left and right sides of the brain.
How it works
We all know how loud noises can irritate us and that music can help us relax but there’s more to it than that. Sound is energy, a vibration. Everything in the universe is an energetic vibration including ourselves.
Sound healing works on the belief that the human body is not solid. Rather it is energy that is affected by sound waves. Sound is made up of various frequencies and different frequencies have different effects on us. Dense matter vibrates at a lower frequency and lighter matter, such as our minds and consciousness, vibrate at a higher frequency. Playing certain sound frequencies affect our own energetic vibration and can be used to heal and balance our bodies.
Most instruments need to be tuned to ensure the correct sound. The energy in our body can be ‘tuned’ to vibrate at certain frequencies to boost our mental and physical health.
Sound healing for people who can’t meditate
People tell me all the time that they have trouble meditating and can’t clear their busy mind. What if there was a shortcut you could take to quiet the mind with minimal effort? That’s what sound healing does. It takes the effort out so you can just enjoy the sounds while the vibrational frequencies tune your inner body to give you that physical and mental relaxation.
In meditation, our brainwaves shift from a higher frequency of the Gamma state (30-100Hz) associated with hyperactivity to the more relaxed Alpha state (9-13 Hz), to the deeper state of awareness of Theta brainwaves (4-8 Hz) and finally the Delta state (which most of us only reach through sleep). Sound healing can stimulate Theta brainwaves for people who struggle to quiet their mind during meditation.
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music” Albert Einstein