by: Isabella Sarlija
Think back to a group yoga class in your past–more likely than not, the session ends with you in the corpse pose while your instructor gently taps against singing bowls, creating sound therapy..
There is a reason other than aesthetics that this happens. Sound therapy has been used during meditation for thousands of years to ease the mind and calm the soul. Some instruments include singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and didgeridoos that all work by creating low-frequency vibrations that work with our body to relieve us of emotional and spiritual stress.
A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine reveals that people who meditate to healing sounds such as Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, or bells experience a decrease in “tension, anger, and depression,” while “desirable variables such as a sense of spiritual well-being increase.” Now, what about soothing tones are so effective? When the mind and body receive these low frequencies of sound, they begin to adjust themselfs to the therapeutic vibrations. Sound therapy is especially helpful for anyone who is continuously working at a high-pace frequency that can lead to stress. In short, it helps to turn the volume of our wired minds down.
Additionally, listening to sounds can help with our daily meditations, where we might see too many fleeting thoughts ricocheting off of one another. By focusing on sounds, we are less likely to hold space for intrusive thoughts. Through this, we are better able to delve into a deeper transcendental state of meditation.