20 Jan 2020 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
What is Chakra ?
The word chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit, though these are not like any wheels we’ve ever seen. Chakra energy spins in a clockwise direction as it moves the energy of our body out into the field around us, and it spins counterclockwise to pull energy from our external world (and the people in it) into our body. It is the frequency state of our chakras that determines the direction our energy will flow as they either draw energy into our body or release it outward. Learn Chakra Healing.
About Chakra Healing with Singing Bowl
We have seen pictures diagram of the chakras, energy centers running from the top of the head to the base of the body. Chakras are said to have individual tones associated with them, tones very much in the range of singing bowls. There are many ways you can interpret the interplay between tones and chakras and assign notes. Since I lack the sensitivity required to affirm any system, ideas or set of beliefs in this area I do not label singing bowls as being chakra specific.
There are, however, many systems that can be found in various books from different teachers. Generally it is believed lower tones for lower chakras and higher for higher. Probably the most popular system is one where the root chakra is a C and the next six notes within that octave correspond to the higher chakras. For this reason the Chakra Sets listed in the bowl section follow this pattern. Keep in mind singing bowls are not tuning forks which are manufactured to exact frequencies in some strict association with to the western music scale. Singing bowls are wilder and using them in chakra healing takes an open mind. When I assemble a chakra singing bowl set what I pay attention to are sound quality and relationships.
One of the limitations of the single octave octave Chakra set is that the range of sounds is relatively narrow. A way to see this is to think of how 7 adjacent white keys on a piano is just a short part of the total distance from left to right. For this reason sound healing and chakra sets that have large (low tone) and small (high tone) singing bowls can have notes spread far apart over multiple octaves. If you are interested in a healing set that spans multiple octaves tap the blue Custom Sets button above for a tour of that process.
How to Use a Chakra Singing Bowl Set for Chakra Healing
Sound is vibration and vibration can be transmitted to the body through the air or directly through the skin. One method commonly employed is to place singing bowls on chakra points and ring them, letting the resonance penetrate deeply. For practitioners wanting to make body contact with a number of chakras at the same time the best types are the smaller Thadobati and thin Remuna. These singing bowls are light enough to not be disturbing to the body, small enough so you can place more than one at a time and have a relatively flat bottom for good contact. Manipuri bowls with their rounded bottoms can be a bit more difficult to maintain in place.
Sound healing based on the chakras can also be practiced by ringing bowls above or beside the client. Over the air vibrational transmission methods allow for the use of heavier and deeper sounding bowls.