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How to Use a Singing Bowl For Chakra Healing

How to Use a Singing Bowl For Chakra Healing

Thinking of using a singing bowl for chakra healing? Singing bowls have been used in spiritual practices for thousands of years but with so many to choose from, where do you start?

In this guide, we discuss what a singing bowl is, how to play a singing bowl for chakra balancing and how to choose the right singing bowl. 

And as a special bonus we have a step by step guide to performing a singing bowl session for balancing your chakras from the comfort of your home! 

What is a Chakra Singing Bowl?

A chakra singing bowl set usually comprises seven bowls representing each primary chakra:

  1. Root Chakra
  2. Sacral Chakra
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra
  4. Heart Chakra
  5. Throat Chakra
  6. Third Eye Chakra
  7. Crown Chakra

Singing bowls come in a variety of sizes and in a range of materials such as brass, crystal, quartz, and bronze.

Chakra singing bowls emit a unique sound frequency, which when struck, mirrors the frequency of a particular chakra, thereby helping to rebalance its energy.

They have been used in religious ceremonies and spiritual traditions since ancient times, but nowadays you’ll also find them being used in yoga studios, meditation sessions, sound therapy rituals and energy healing practices.

seven chakras and their emotional and physical manifestations
The 7 Primary Chakras

How Does a Singing Bowl Work?

According to sound therapy, our bodies emit particular vibrations or frequencies. Each of the primary chakras gives off a specific frequency (sometimes referred to as a Solfeggio Frequency) when they are functioning healthily. 

When a chakra singing bowl is struck it emits sound waves (in other words frequencies) which can help to reset the vibrational frequency of these energy centers and harmonize energy flow.

Singing bowls can help heal all our chakras, not just the major seven. The subtle body chakras in our energy field which feature in the 12 chakra system and the broader 114 chakra map can also be harmonized through sound healing practices.

chakra sound frequencies
Chakra Sound Frequencies

The Different Types of Singing Bowls

Singing bowls are thought to originate from the Himalayas and have formed an important part of Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and Mongolian cultures. 

While there are countless different types of bowls around, Tibetan bowls are one of the most popular options.

Tibetan singing bowls are handcrafted by skilled artisans using a combination of alloy metals like copper, silver, iron, and gold. There are 9 major types of Tibetan singing bowl:

1. Thadobati

This is among the oldest kinds of bowl, notable for its high walls and flat base. It can reach up to five inches deep and nine inches wide. Because of its width, this larger singing bowl is often adorned with decorative marks and embellishments.

2. Jambati

It’s easy to spot this type as it’s the largest and heaviest among the group, weighing an average of 3.4 kilograms. It has a flat base with smooth curved walls. Decorations are minimal and are often found on the edges of its rim or the bottom interior.

3. Ultabati

Ultabati looks similar to a cauldron with a body that slightly curves below the rim. It produces the lowest octave, which is often tied to the ‘Om’ chant or the primordial sound of the universe. Its outer walls often have dark colors contrasting its bright interior.

4. Naga or Pedestal

Naga sits on a base or pedestal and produces a balanced tone. The bowl has a circular base, which is why it has a stand to keep it upright. It has thin walls and a small size of about 4 to 10 inches, making it a handy option for daily use.

5. Mani

Mani is said to be the rarest type, with origins dating as far back as the 16th century. It’s short and stout with a flat bottom. Its mid-walls have a larger circumference than its rim and base. It produces high tones and is believed to have been used for ancient sacred rituals.

6. Lingam

This type has different sizes and is considered a collector’s favorite due to the unusual design. It is characterized by a notable protrusion in the middle of the bowl. It is known for producing a distinct pure sound but it’s also one of the hardest bowls in this list to play. 

Lingam Singing Bowl

Lingam Singing Bowl

7. Manipuri

Manipuri is a medium size bowl which is a great option for beginners because of its tone variation which means that anyone can play it. It has the shallowest depth among all the bowls. Its walls can be thick or thin and can feature multiple embellishments. 

8. Remuna

The Remuna resembles the Thadobati with its inward-sloping walls. It’s one of the prettiest types of singing bowl thanks to its unique decor and symbolic engravings. It has smooth, thin walls and is easy to play.

9. Crystal

Crystal singing bowls have become a popular option in modern times. They are typically made of crushed crystal quartz which has been exposed and melted under high heat before being molded into a bowl shape. 

Crystal bowls come in different sizes but they are often a translucent white color. They produce clear, resonant tones believed to match the natural frequency of the human body.

Crystal singing bowl

Crystal Singing Bowl

Chakra Singing Bowls & Their Frequencies

As we’ve discussed, you can find singing bowls in all kinds of sizes and designs. Chakra singing bowls are usually recognisable by their color – they are often painted with colors representing each chakra point, while others have carved chakra symbols adorning the outside of the bowl.

Their main distinction, however, comes from their fine-tuning.

Here’s a general guide to the different musical notes produced by Chakra bowls:

  • 12-Inch Bowl: Root Chakra, associated with C note, with 432-hertz frequency (learn more about the Root Chakra frequency)
  • 11-Inch Bowl: Sacral Chakra, associated with D note, with 480-hertz frequency (learn more about the Sacral Chakra frequency)
  • 10-Inch Bowl: Solar Plexus Chakra, associated with E note, with 528-hertz frequency
  • 9-Inch Bowl: Heart Chakra, associated with F note, with 594-hertz frequency
  • 8-Inch Bowl: – Throat Chakra, associated with G note, with 672-hertz frequency
  • 7-Inch Bowl: Third Eye Chakra, associated with A note, with 720-hertz frequency
  • 6-Inch Bowl: Crown Chakra, associated with B note, with 768-hertz frequency
chakra singing bowl set
Chakra Singing Bowl Set

How Do Singing Bowls Help Your Chakras?

Chakra singing bowls do more than just create melodious harmonies. When played right, singing bowls can help to:

Support Energy Flow

As we’ve mentioned, sound healing with singing bowls can help support the healthy flow of energy all around the subtle body. The fundamental tones released can help to break down energy blockages and harmonize the body. 

Dispel Negative Emotions

Negative emotions are a common cause of chakra blockages and imbalances. When we are troubled with painful emotions like anxiety, guilt, shame or anger, it can hamper the flow of positive energy around the body.

These feelings can also make it difficult for us to relax and connect with our energy centers which is necessary in order to carry out chakra healing. 

Supporting Harmony in the Body

One of music’s health benefits is its ability to elevate our mood. Our brains are wired to respond to sound and frequencies.

The tone, instruments, and beats packed in a melody stimulate different parts of our brain, which is why some music makes you feel nostalgic while other sounds can get you pumped up. 

Playing chakra singing bowls creates sounds that vibrate at specific frequencies intended to impact our chakra centers and bring them in harmony with our body’s natural energy cycle.

Supporting Other Chakra Healing Practices

Singing bowls are a useful tool to use with other chakra healing practices like chakra meditation, yoga poses and chakra affirmations.

  • Singing bowls have been scientifically shown to induce deep relaxation which makes it easier to enter into a deep meditative state. Try striking a singing bowl at the beginning of a chakra meditation session and listen to the vibrations to clear your mind.
  • Singing bowls can also be used at the beginning or end of a yoga practice to help you to slow your breathing and connect to your physical body.
  • Some people like to strike a singing bowl while performing chakra affirmations. The sound vibrations are said to help the words you are speaking to sink into your subconscious.  
Meditation tools
Singing bowls are a powerful tool for meditation

How to Play a Singing Bowl

There are three primary ways to play a chakra singing bowl, and you can start with whichever is more convenient for you. Once you’ve mastered a style, why not try out another method.

Read on for a step-by-step guide to each chakra singing bowl style.

What you’ll need:

  • A chakra singing bowl
  • Padded mallet, wooden mallet or striker
  • It might be helpful to have a small cushion

Rimming Method

  1. Hold the singing bowl comfortably on your palm. Ensure you don’t grip its sides. If your hands are shaky or you are using a heavy bowl, find a soft, stable cushion to place underneath it.
  2. Hold the mallet with your free hand. Make sure you have a firm grip on it, but not too tense.
  3. Test the sound of the chakra bowl by striking the padded end of the mallet against its side.
  4. Allow the sound to ring until it fades.
  5. Adjust your hold on the mallet so it’s at a 30 or 45-degree angle.
  6. Start dragging the mallet’s padded side around the bowl’s rim in a clockwise motion. Remember to use the force from your arm instead of just your wrist.
  7. Apply subtle pressure so that the padded side of the mallet keeps in contact with the bowl.
  8. Continue circling the bowl until you hear a clear sound.

Tip: Rimming the bowl at varying speeds brings out different tones. Once you’ve found a steady rhythm, try slowing down and then turning up the pace again.

singing bowl mallets
Singing Bowl Mallets

Striking Method

  1. Hold the bowl on your palm or place it on a cushion.
  2. Grab the mallet or striker and grip it firm enough so it won’t easily fall. Be careful not to strain your hand.
  3. Strike the bowl at its widest area. This section can vary depending on the type of chakra singing bowl you have. Don’t strike near the bottom or on the uppermost part, as the bowl won’t vibrate well on these points.
  4. Allow the sound to ring until it dies down. Change your grip or tap the bowl’s outside wall if you want to stop or alter the sound.
  5. Repeat step 3.

Tip: The type of mallet you use affects the bowl’s vibration quality. Use bigger mallets for bigger bowls. You can also use different mallet paddings like suede, leather, wool, and more.

Water Charging Method

Use either the rimming or striking method above, but this time, half-fill the bowl with water. This is great for toning down the sound of the singing bowl.

Tip: Don’t overfill the bowl, as it will dull its sound.

Body Contact Method & Crystal Healing

This one’s a little unconventional but is gaining popularity among modern-day sound healing practitioners.

Put singing bowls around your body while lying down. To do this, you’ll need to ask someone’s assistance to play the chakra bowls while you meditate.

Another popular option is to wear an accessory like an authentic chakra bracelet while playing a singing bowl.

If you’re having issues with your Root Chakra, for instance, wearing a red garnet bracelet helps you channel the sound vibration from the bowl toward the base of your spinal column, where this chakra is located.

Learn more about Root Chakra healing crystals.

 

How To Do a Chakra Healing Session at Home With a Singing Bowl

A step by step chakra singing bowl guide by Charlotte Thibault, Reiki Master Teacher, Wellness Content Creator & Mindset Mentor

Here is a simple step by step guide to doing a chakra cleansing session at home using singing bowls.

You can use just one singing bowl for the entire session or if you have multiple that are corresponding to each chakra you can use them as well, switching as you move upwards to the next chakra.

  • Find a quiet and comfortable space in your home. Create a serene ambiance through soft lighting or by lighting candles and burning an incense – anything that you find soothing.
  • Use a singing bowl made of crystal or metal, and a suitable mallet or striker:
    • Select a singing bowl that resonates with you. You can explore different bowls and choose the one that produces a musical note that you find soothing and pleasing.
    • Make sure the mallet or striker is suitable for the singing bowl, allowing you to produce clear and resonant sounds.
  • Cleanse the singing bowl using a gentle cleanser or smudging technique.
  • Find a comfortable sitting position on a cushion, chair, or on the floor, ensuring that your spine is straight.
  • Settle into a relaxed position and take deep breaths to center yourself.
  • Visualize a peaceful environment filled with calming colors and gentle energy.
  • Start with the Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine. Hold the intention of grounding and stability in your mind:
    • Picture the area at the base of your spine, where the Root Chakra is located.
    • Visualize a strong foundation with roots connecting you to the Earth.
    • Imagine a vibrant red energy at the base of your spine, glowing brightly and flowing smoothly and harmoniously.
  • Gently tap or strike the singing bowl and allow its sound to resonate:
    • Hold the mallet or striker against the side of the singing bowl.
    • Gently tap or strike the bowl, allowing it to produce a resonant sound.
    • You can either just strike the bowl or rotate clockwise around the rim of the bowl using a wooden or leather mallet.
    • Focus your attention on the sound, allowing it to reverberate and fill the space around you.
  • Feel the energy of the vibration the sound creates in your Root Chakra and visualize the sound as a beautiful red energy cleansing your Base Chakra.
  • Move your focus to the Sacral Chakra below the navel. Envision a warm orange energy bringing balance, creativity, and passion to your life.
  • Strike the singing bowl again, allowing its sound to cleanse your Sacral Chakra as you visualize a healing orange light being produced by the sound.
  • Repeat steps 9 and 10 for each chakra:
    • Solar Plexus Chakra: Bright yellow energy radiating confidence and personal power.
    • Heart Chakra: Soothing green energy spreading love, compassion, and harmony.
    • Throat Chakra: Calming blue energy promoting clear communication and self-expression.
    • Third Eye Chakra: Indigo energy enhancing intuition, insight, and inner wisdom.
    • Crown Chakra: Pure white or violet energy connecting you to the divine and expanding consciousness.
  • With each chakra, strike the singing bowl to enhance visualization and energy flow.
  • Trust your intuition to determine the duration for each chakra and when to transition.
  • Conclude the session by focusing on the Crown Chakra, striking the bowl one final time, and allowing the vibrations to fade.
  • Rest, reflect, and appreciate the healing energy nurtured during the session.
  • Slowly return to your surroundings, carrying the sense of balance and harmony with you.

Remember to personalize and adapt this guide to your preferences. Enjoy your chakra healing session and embrace the positive energy and balance it brings!

singing bowl cushions
Singing Bowl Cushions

FAQs

Get Started With Your Chakra Sound Healing

Singing bowls are excellent accessories for chakra healing. Aside from helping with your general energy flow, they can also unblock and harmonize chakra points that are dormant or inactive. 

Use the checklists in this guide to choose the right chakra singing bowl for you and get started on your sound healing journey. 

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Author

  • Charlotte Thibault

    I'm Charlotte Thibault - I'm a Reiki Master Teacher, Wellness Content Creator and Mindset Mentor. My passion and expertise lies in sharing tools that help restore your inner peace and happiness.