Singing bowls are a type of instrument that vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when played. Also known as Himalayan bowls, singing bowls are said to promote relaxation and offer powerful healing properties. Buddhist monks have long used singing bowls in meditation practice. In addition, some wellness practitioners (including music therapists, massage therapists, and yoga therapists) use singing bowls during treatment.
To create sound with a singing bowl, firmly press the accompanying mallet in a circular motion against the bowl’s outside edge or rim. When you hear a bright, clear tone, you can slow down the motion. Use your full arm to make the motion, rather than just rotating your wrist.
You can also make the same circular motion against the outside belly of the bowl. Additionally, you can gently strike the bowl before beginning the circular motion.
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