POSTED: RECENT Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at 06:38 pm
How to use the Tibetan Singing Bowl Experience in your teaching and or practice of yoga, meditation, body work and relaxation(Part 2)
!) Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a yoga practice that can assist you in achieving the deepest state of relaxation, while remaining conscious. It can be a state of consciousness and wakefulness and sleep that opens you to deep stages the inner mind. In the early 70s , when the Swami Rama was researched by the Menniger Foundations re: his extraordinary yogic abilities. In a deep delta phase of sleep , while even snoring , he was able to remember each question the researchers asked him in this state of mind. For those that practice, facilitate,or attend Yoga Nidra, the Tibetan Bowl Experience album in the background is synergistic: able to deepen this meditative state as well as help you or your students easily drop the ego and ease into this state of being that feels so wonderful.
2) The Tibetan Bowl Experience makes for an effortless, passive meditative experience. Sit in your most comfortable meditative posture and do your type of meditation( with the vibrations playing in the background) or just listen to the vibrations and focus on feeling them and letting them lead your meditation wherever it may take you.
Another technique is to lie down in a comfortable position and to close your eyes and let the vibrations lead you into meditation, sleep and or both. Many meditation teachers require you to sit with good posture, chakras aligned to meditate. The main reason for this is fear that you will fall asleep. I believe if you fall asleep during meditation, it means you needed more sleep. If you meditate (with the album playing a less than 10 minute track up to to the full 90+ minutes or more if your meditation continues beyond the album) and are well rested it will facilitate a peaceful and often blissful meditation. Sometimes when I need more sleep and meditation, my session gives me a bit of both. Thus its a win/win based on your mind/body/spirit needs. I enjoy lying down using my smart phone and bluetoothing it to my wireless Bose soundlink speaker. I put the speaker a few inches above the crown of my head. As I lie like that the vibration are very intense throughout my entire body. Its wonderful. I return to waking consciousness refreshed and very content. Try it out and you may find its one of the easiest ways to swiftly relax and experience profound peace, divine stillness and even bliss.
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POSTED: RECENT Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 06:08 pm
How to use the Tibetan Singing Bowl Experience in your teaching and or practice of yoga, meditation, body work and relaxation(Part 1)
1) Shavasana (corpse pose)
There are tracks for a 9+ minute experience, a 12+ minute experience as well as much longer tracks. The entire album as a download or thumb drive is slightly over 90 minutes which creates lots of options. The CD is slightly over 60 minutes. The variety of track lengths allow you to match how much time you wish for yourself or your class to spend in shavasana.
The singing bowls can eliminate drudgery some teachers feel with verbal cues during shavasana.
The reason for this is is the vibrations from the singing bowls can be so effective, that the need for verbal cues no longer exists. If you are a teacher, it also means you can let go and release and experience shavasana simultaneously with your students.
2)Shavasana adaptation.
If you have access to Tibetan singing bowls, use 3-6 singing bowls to play live during shavasana. Use a mallet with soft padding and play the bowls in a very slow repetitious pattern throughout. This pattern provides for very deep relaxation experiences. (I have an inventory of some amazing antique Tibetan singing bowls for the public to acquire. These are becoming very rare and hard to find. If you are interested in seeing, hearing, and feeling antique singing bowl/s to consider, feel free to contact me).
3)Body Workers.
For clients who enjoy the feeling of the bowls the Tibetan Singing Bowl Experience album can deepen their experience with you. It can also naturally relax the body, so it is easier for you to work on. {copyright 2015)


POSTED: RECENT Sunday, January 4th, 2015 at 07:08 pm
How to meditate with Tibetan singing bowls
Use a mallet that is padded (usually wool) to play the bowls. This protects any fragility of the antique singing bowls.
1) How to sing a bowl.
Most see a singing bowl and believe that the way to play it is to use the wood part of the mallet and put it up to the rim of the bowl and with pressure on the mallet,use it to continuously circle the rim of the bowl. For some preferences this is a lot of fun. Once you learn how to sing a bowl you can find the correct pressure to keep it going smoothly. This can be a single pointed meditation involving feeling the right pressure to keep the bowl's tones sustained. It could also be a single pointed meditation on the sound of the singing bowl(instead of listening to the tone, feel it, become one with the vibration). Always remember to feel your experience, not analyze it. When you start thinking about it, the ego takes control and can bring you out of a meditative state. Be careful. If you do this technique for too long and you have any wrist issues you could give yourself a repetitive strain injury. My wrists are fine, but I am a pianist, so I limit singing the bowl in this manner to a maximum of 5 minutes. Those with strong hands, wrists and arms can probably train themselves to sing it much longer. I prefer to be moderate.
2) Using the bowls to initiate and conclude meditation.
The most common meditative approach( especially for the untrained) is to strike the bowl 3 times before initiating another meditative technique and 3 times to conclude the meditation. Listen and feel as the sound begins, as it proceeds to quiet and flows into silence. Breathe each time through the silence before you strike it again.
3) Developing a relationship (energetic connection) with your singing bowl.
This technique helps you to increase the prana, chi (subtle life force). It also helps to enhance your ability to sense subtle energy fields in your hands.Put your arms in front of you with palms facing each other. Slowly move your palms to within 1/4 inch of the bowl. Repeat this motion (super slow back and forth away from the bowl and back to it). The energy field often feels tingly or warm. Sense the merger of your subtle energy field and the bowl. Ideally you let go and release and become one with the bowl.
4) The Sound of no Sound
This technique is best done with a small or medium size singing bowl. Put the bowl in your hand and raise it so the top of the bowl faces your 3rd eye. Move the bowl very close and further away from your 3rd eye very slowly. Continue this motion. Start to notice the subtle changes you may feel. Meditate on the feeling.
5) Chanting into or with singing bowl.
Take a tone you like (for example, Ah O, Hmm, or a mantra OM, OM AH HUM , RAM, etc.) and sustain chanting it to sync with the length of the sound of the bowl. Start with the mantra/singing bowl practice (you chant into the top of the bowl or with the tones of the bowl while you play it by striking the mallet. Feel the tones of the bowl, of your voice and allow your self to merge with these vibrations. The most important aspect of a meditative practice is not how long you do it for, but how regularly you do it. Start with whatever length of time you can easily commit to and increase as you wish and are able.
6) Silent meditation while Playing the bowls.
Sit in crossed legged position (easy pose, one leg lotus or lotus position), or sit on your knees (warrior's sitting pose) or simply lie on you side (however you are more comfortable). Play the bowl and hear, feel the vibrations . Let the sounds diminish into silence and feel the silence. Return to playing the bowls and feeling the sounds. Take your time.
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POSTED: RECENT Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 07:28 pm
The Purpose and Effects of "Tibetan Bowl Experience"
The goal of my newest album, ”Tibetan Bowl Experience” was to create a high definition recording of the antique Tibetan Singing Bowls that feels as intense as if you are at one of the live concerts, or as an individual sound healing treatment. When we started with this project in December of 2012, we did not know if it was technologically possible. We wanted to create the cleanest, most accurate recording of singing bowls to date. I realized that if we could get past the digital compression that could stifle sound, then we could provide an experience that has positive transformational effects in the process of balancing the energy field of the mind, body and spirit. After nearly 2 years, we achieved our goal, and we are receiving feedback that the album has accomplished more than expected. We wanted to create an effortless meditation tool that could help people hang out in heart consciousness, in states of love, compassion and contentment. Feedback indicates that the effects of this album may include profound relaxation, deep meditation, complementary healing, emotional releases of unwanted baggage, mystical and spiritual experiences. If I am having difficulties sleeping, I play it and it takes me into a deep meditative state. After my meditation is complete, its easy to fall asleep. If I use it during the daytime, it tends to mellow me and then energizes me. I would love to hear of your experiences with this album. Namaste. (copyright 2015)

POSTED: RECENT Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at 03:10 am
Did You Know?
In some Buddhist practices, singing bowls are used as a signal to begin and end periods of silent meditation. Some practitioners, for example, Chinese Buddhists, use the singing bowl to accompany the wooden fish during chanting, striking it when a particular phrase is chanted.
Comment:In Japan and Vietnam, singing bowls are similarly used during chanting and may also mark the passage of time or signal a change in activity, for example changing from sitting to walking meditation
Comment:A few pieces of art dating from several centuries ago depict singing bowls in detail, including Tibetan paintings and statues. Some Tibetan rinpoches and monks use singing bowls in monasteries and meditation centers today.