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A singing bowl is a standing bell that produces a relaxing sound when played. The sound it produces is very soothing to both mind and body. You can use a singing bowl to invoke a deep state of relaxation, enter into meditations, reduce stress, perform music therapy and assist in yoga. You can also be use them for performances and personal enjoyment, as well as a decorative piece, as they as beautiful instruments.
Playing a singing bowl is not a difficult task. Here’s how you can play one:
The singing bowls we sell are made in Kathmandu, Nepal. Both hand-made and machine-made variants are available. Our supplier is Himalayan Singing Bowls, based in Thamel, Kathmandu.
Choosing a singing bowl is a matter of listening to the sound. There is no hard and fast rule to choose the “best” singing bowl, you do it by listening to the sound of each bowl, and choose the one you prefer. It is highly recommended to close your eyes and focus solely on your auditory senses. Don’t just hear the sound, feel it. Then you can easily choose the one that suits you best.
Singing bowls are available in variety of sizes. The most important difference is the sound produced. Larger bowls usually produce a deep sound with low frequency. The smaller the bowls get, the more the frequency of sound increases.
Hand-made bowls are made with traditional tools. The are shaped and designed manually, which gives them an irregular rim. They are heavier and produce deeper and longer sounds than machine-made bowls. They are also considered more authentic. Machine-made bowls have a bit shallower sound. However, since they are machine made, they are much more smoother and have a more consistent shape. Thus, they look better as a decorative piece.
Singing bowls may be made of metal, but that does not mean they don’t need caring. They may not be fragile in terms of breakage, but they can get damaged. Most importantly, the sound of a singing bowl may degrade, if not taken care of. Here are a few ways you can take care of them: