I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony...
I would. I really would. But, I don't think that is in my current realm of possibilities, given that I very rarely sing in tune. I sing with genuine enthusiasm, but that whole singing in a certain key or not being "pitchy" thing alludes me. My husband, who has an ear for such things, reacts with comments such as " that was not so bad", "almost", "try again" , or a with wince of pain on his face as i am singing a favorite song. Once in a great while, in complete amazement of my unlikely achievement, he will let out a "very good, Patricia". But, singing is a natural past time for me. I can't imagine not singing... So I will continue, despite my limitations. And, singing, as it turns out, is scientifically proven to reduce stress/bring happiness.
And so, quite beautifully, is listening to or playing Himalayan Singing Bowls.
Which brings me back to my theme of harmony, (which is my focus for this blog entry, and my wish for 2014). While researching these ancient instruments, I discovered a website which described them in this manner: " Singing bowls are a wonderful support for the healing process. Remarkable things happen when people play singing bowls or listen to the sound of singing bowl recordings. The effects of the sound are so special that the experience can be life changing. Singing bowls produce a uniquely warm vibration that feels great. They produce a clear fundamental tone that sounds as pleasant as any musical instrument. They also produce multiple harmonic overtones that sound angelic. The combination of the smooth vibration, warm fundamental tone and singing overtones makes listening to singing bowls a very unique experience."
On Saturday night, January 11th , our studio is offering a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the benefits of singing bowls, in combination with a relaxing Gentle Yoga class. Margaret Bodine, RYT 200, (or "Gentle Margaret" as i call her), will lead a one hour practice which will end with a transformative savasana. Participants will relax on their mats for 30 full minutes while enjoying the blissful concert of Andy West making his collection of bowls "sing".
Andy has been practicing bodywork since 1995 and has studied as far afield as China, where he studied Tui-Na (an ancient form of bodywork). Since receiving his license to practice massage therapy, Andy has studied many healing modalities, including Deep Muscle Therapy, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Sound Energy Dynamics and Vibrational Healing with bowls. Since 2006 Andy has renewed his interest in sound healing and has acquired a chorus of 14 Himalayan metal bowls. He is now combining Vibrational Healing with Bodywork.
Andy, is a local gem, and I met him about this time last year. My husband purchased a beautiful bowl for me, as a christmas gift, in a shop in nearby Kennett Square, PA. I was lucky enough to meet Andy, and he very kindly and patiently showed me how to play. I love the bowl's simplicity, ancient history, and ability to center and calm me with its mellifluous tones and soothing vibrations. And I love that I have the opportunity to share my gift; by allowing others the opportunity to hold the bowl in their own hands and glide the wooden wooden mallet around its metal edge, inviting it to sing, at the beginning or ending of my yoga classes for children, Tweens and families.
I sincerely hope that we fill the studio on January 11th, and I can contribute, in a small but meaningful way, to the world being in perfect harmony, through "song".
And, afterwards, we can share some refreshments , and a smile!