Singing bowls have been around for thousands of years, and they are a common fixture in sound healing practices. From Himalayan singing bowls to crystal singing bowls, these instruments create enchanting sounds that can accompany a variety of rituals and practices.
Here’s everything to know about singing bowls, including the benefits and how to use them.
What is a singing bowl?
Singing bowls are instruments that produce different sounds and tones, depending on their size and material. You play them by striking them or swirling their perimeter using a wooden mallet.
As sound therapist and meditation teacher Sara Auster tells mbg, there are a number of kinds, namely Himalayan singing bowls (also called “Tibetan singing bowls” or “metal singing bowls”), made from metal, and crystal singing bowls, made from silica sand.
She notes that while the exact history of singing bowls is unclear, they have certainly been around for thousands of years. Today, you’ll find them in spiritual centers, yoga studios, sound baths, and more.
How singing bowls work.
You can play a singing bowl in a group setting, such as a group sound bath, or on your own.