A Complete Guide to Tibetan Singing Bowls

6000 Years of Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls

While the country of Tibet is not open to visitors today, its ancient traditions, Buddhist teachings and healing techniques have found their way to us. Tibetan Singing Bowls, initially made from an alloy of metals, have been used in the East for 6,000 years creating extraordinarily calming sounds.

When Tibetan singing bowls produce sound, they create a harmony that resonates between the two parts of your brain, helping you relax, feel less anxious, and de-stress on all levels of your being, while removing toxins from your body.

Using Tibetan Singing Bowls in sound therapy encourages a state of calmness as the sound vibrations soothe the mind and body. This is because, when the bowl sings, they activate fundamental codes of primordial DNA.

They earned the name "singing bowls" because of their bright long-lasting sound that continues well after you stop playing, resonating on different frequencies as it fades.

What is the Tibetan Singing Bowl Really?

A Tibetan singing bowl is also known as a Himalayan bowl, a healing bowl, or a yoga bowl. They’ve been used primarily for religious and healing purposes over hundreds of years but today, they are also used around the world for music, mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, stress management, massage therapy, balancing chakras, and deeper spiritual cleansing.

How are Tibetan singing bowls made?

Tibetan Singing bowls are made from metal alloys. The right amounts of copper, zinc, tin, iron, gold, and silver are mixed to produce a traditional Tibetan Singing bowl. It is common to fill the bowls with liquid to ensure the correct sounds are being produced.

The mallets that accompany the bowl are commonly made out of wood, with some having leather features. By rubbing the mallet against the edge of the bowl, a calming sound is produced.

What do Tibetan Singing Bowls Do? 

Sound is a common form of therapy that promotes mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Its soothing properties encourages balance and the clearing of your mind leading to a renewed sense of purpose and calm. Because of these properties, Tibetan Singing Bowls can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

At the very least, healing bowls can lighten your being, take away negative thoughts, and leave you more spiritually attuned with yourself. A Tibetan Singing Bowl set is one of the best places to start if you are looking to explore, your inner self, introduce calming practises to your daily life and get more in-touch with your spirituality.

How to Play Tibetan Singing Bowls

Playing Tibetan Singing Bowls is easy, and you only need a little practice before creating those peaceful notes. When playing a handmade Tibetan Singing Bowl, you need to do the following:

- Hold the bowl lightly with your hand (you don't have to grasp it hard). If it is grasped too hard it will not produce a clear singing sound that will resonate.

- Hit the bowl while holding the striker firmly as you rub the outside of the bowl's rim. Most large or hand-hammered bowls have more than one tone. Play these bowls with a stick made of leather or wood to explore different sounds. If you are using a cast bowl, you will will hear a single clear tone.

- Be patient! Learning to sing with the bowl takes time.


Tibetan singing bowls are rising in popularity worldwide. This is because of the many great benefits they offer. A beautiful creation that creates beautiful sounds helping you to heal, de-stress, be more present, and calm down will drastically improve your daily life.

Follow the tips above and spend a few minutes daily playing Tibetan Singing bowls and reap the immense rewards they offer. You will get used to playing in no time, start creating beautiful sounds today. Shop Karma Livings range of Tibetan Singing Bowls here.


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