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Turn on the volume and LISTEN to some sound samples!

Meditation Bowl Sound Handcrafted in Nepal for Relief and Mindfulness

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People have been using singing bowls for thousands of years. Their origin is unknown, but it is believed that they first originated in either Nepal or India. In Tibet, they were largely used as ceremonial instruments and initially as possibly food bowls.

It was not until the 1970s that singing bowls also became popular throughout the west when their many positive benefits were discovered, Singing bowls not only look great, but they also have such amazing rejuvenating and transformative properties.

The Benefits Of Using A  Bowl 


Promote Deep Relaxation

Holding a singing bowl in the palm of your hand and using a wooden mallet or ‘striker’ in the other hand as if you are holding a pen, by gently and slowly going around the edge of the bowl with the mallet in a clockwise direction, the bowl will start to ‘sing.’ As you hear the wonderful tone and feel the bowl vibrate, you will become more conscious of your breathing and feel more relaxed.

What is Tibetan Singing Bowl meditation and how it helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Using the Singing Bowl allow you to be in the present for 5 or 10 minutes. Use that moment to enjoy your breath and feel your own. 
The resonance of the bowl synchronizes brain waves to induce a deep meditative and peaceful state, This simple action will help you to reduce all the stress and anxiety of the day.

Chakra Balancing 
In the Indian system, when a physical dysfunction occurs, it is believed that one or more chakras are blocked, or unbalanced. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones which the bowls produce have a direct positive effect on balancing the chakras.

Aid The Immune System

It is said that the vibrations from a singing bowl may help to stimulate the immune system. Every part of our body is vibrating. The sound frequencies created by a singing bowl help to restore, optimize and balance the flow of energy in the parts of the body where this is required.

Singing Bowl Therapy in Kathmandu, Nepal

Understanding the frequencies

Have you ever tried to measure the speed of the train which is slowing down?  Measuring the frequency of the Himalayan Singing Bowl is a similar exercise.  The reason – each singing bowl produces multiple frequencies and hence trying to measure one frequency and giving it a “note” is similar to applying Newton’s law in energy frequencies !! 

(For background, we use a singing bowl in sound frequencies  and its multiple harmonics enable brain-wave entrainment and enables the mind/body to achieve deep rest, facilitating the immune fighting process.)


A Bowl 10.4 in

Let me share a spectrum (in simple words, the frequency spectrum indicates the amplitude of each frequency present in the sound sample). If you see the spectrum, it is clear that it has three very distinct frequencies present. In fact, the pattern is just a sample since this entire pattern also moves at a specific frequency. In other words, the singing bowl produces multiple frequencies or overtones.


It is common practice to assign a “note” to each bowl. While there is a reason by this is done, it is entirely a left-brain exercise if we use that as “the only basis” to judge/select/use the bowl.  For example, if we use a commonly available guitar tuner app to measure the note of the bowl (whose spectrum is shown above), it shows “A” at ~110 Hz (somewhere around the first peak shown on the spectrum).  As you can see, by assigning a pitch, we are “assigning” the bowl to be dominantly creating the sound represented by the first peak (essentially ignoring that the bowl also generates at least 2 other very strong frequencies beyond 110 Hz).


The analysis below is using a bowl that was marked note “B” when I procured it.  You can clearly see at least 3 peaks (if you see the waveform in real-time, the entire waveform moves up and down – indicating a very low frequency also present).

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The table below captures the frequencies of the same bowl (Courtesy: WAVANAL). It is clear from both the chart (above) and the table (below) that the sound of this bowl contains multiple frequencies!  In future articles, we will learn more about these frequencies and their relationships with the sound of the bowl(s).

Hope by now it is clear that assigning a “note” (and only one “note”) to a bowl is similar to applying Newton’s law in outer space.



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