Sound baths are a truly transcendent way to relax. A sound bath is a meditative practice where we immerse ourselves in healing sound, most often singing bowls. It’s a sound therapy session that can help us destress, refresh, and even enjoy biological benefits like lower blood pressure.
Many new-wave sound bath lovers discover them in corporate settings or meditation centers. However, you can create a soothing sound bath on your own at home. Today, we’re telling you exactly how.
Preparing a Home Sound Bath
Naturally, the most important ingredient for a sound bath is singing bowls. If you have a collection, this is the perfect time to bring them all out and alternate creating sounds for your bath.
Using bowls of varying sizes and sound adds dimension. If you’re looking to shift energies in your home as well as the body, multiple tones and frequencies can enhance the effect. We recommend our classic bestseller collection as well as our quartz crystal chakra singing bowl series.
If you’re looking for a particular size and sound, you can even order a custom singing bowl. Silent Mind singing bowls are always authentically made by artisans in Nepal using locally sourced materials from the Himalayas.
If you only have one singing bowl, that’s fine. There are no rules when it comes to the number or size of singing bowls used for a sound bath.
Once you choose your spot, make it comfortable. A folded blanket or low cushion on the floor is suitable to sit on while playing. Some people also prefer low natural lighting, aromatherapy, candles, and any other type of ambiance they find relaxing.
Arrange your singing bowls around your sitting spot and prepare to clear the energy of your space in the way you choose. You could smudge with sage, start by ringing Tingsha bells or strike a higher-pitched singing bowl.
Take a Sound Bath
Once you’re seated, take a moment to set an intention and decide what you want from your sound bath. If you could command your singing bowls to emit a particular kind of energy, what would that be?
Sit and meditate on this for a minute, taking full, even breaths. Now begin to play, alternating bowls or playing techniques in whichever sequence or pattern feel right to you. Strike one and let it ring while you make another sing, or alternate striking and playing the rim of one solitary singing bowl.
As you play, do your best to stay relaxed. Be mindful not to tense the shoulders or ask too much of your wrists.
One of the greatest things about creating a sound bath is what it can do for others in your home. Let anyone else present lay in savasana while you play; children especially may prefer this to regular old naptime. Plus, they’ll be a lot calmer afterward.
If you’re not quite ready to dive into making your own sound bath yet, Silent Mind has you covered. We’ve added some meditation tracks to Spotify which is a good introduction. Be sure to wear headphones for an immersive experience.
Are you going to host a home sound bath this week? What’s your ideal set up? Share with us in the comments.