Haven Yoga Meditation lists the instruments that are commonly used in the practice of sound healing.
At Haven, we use a number of different instruments in our Sound Healing sessions. This is to provide variance, nuance, and a richer overall experience for our participants. Below, we explain the instruments we have specifically chosen to play in our studio, and the unique features and healing benefits they provide.
Gongs are often used in sound healing because of their unique and profound impact on both the mind and body. When struck in different ways, gongs can produce a wide spectrum of frequencies and tones which can induce a deep state of relaxation and meditation. The sustained vibrations created by the Gong facilitate the release of tension and stress to promote a sense of balance and well-being.
Unlike some other instruments, gongs can create a unique three-dimensional sound. Practitioners create sound by striking the Gong, either forcefully or gently, with a mallet or soft mallets. They may also use rubbing or friction techniques to create nuanced and harmonious vibrations.
At Haven, we often play two different gongs together during our sound healing sessions. This creates a wide array of sounds and tones to encourage deep relaxation and calm.
Crystal Singing Bowls
Crystal Singing Bowls are an incredibly popular, and effective, instrument used in the practice of Sound Healing. Unlike more traditional instruments, Crystal Bowls emit a unique harmonic blend of frequencies that have a profound impact on the body’s energy centres (or chakras) – effectively aligning and balancing them. Furthermore, the crystalline structure of the bowls is thought to enhance the transmission of healing vibrations, working directly with the pineal gland in the brain.
To play the Bowls, practitioners strike the rims to produce a clear and resonant tone, or they use a rubbing motion to create sustained vibrations.
Our Sound Healing teacher, Jane, is skilled in using the Crystal Singing Bowls to promote physical, mental, and emotional healing.
Tibetan Singing Bowls
A more traditional healing bowl is the Tibetan Singing Bowl which has been used across Asia for over 1000 years*. Differentiating them from Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Singing Bowls are made from metal, which gives them their renowned rich and complex tones. They are played with a mallet, similar to the crystal bowls, and emit harmonious frequencies that work with the water in the body and promote a meditative state for total body healing.
Tibetan Bowls are unique in their ability to produce multiple harmonic overtones simultaneously, creating a totally immersive experience.
Equilibrium Chimes provide gentle and melodic tones that provide a state of tranquillity. When struck, these Chimes produce soothing sounds that induce relaxation, making them ideal for treating stress. Their ethereal nature also makes for a serene atmosphere and contrasts well with the more robust sounds created by the Gong or Tibetan Singing Bowls.
Equilibrium Chimes can be played by either striking or brushing the metal bars to produce sustained tones. The intensity and rhythm can be varied to create a diverse range of sounds, enhancing their overall effectiveness during healing sessions.