Q&A with Yasmina, Tibetan Healing Bowl Practitioner
What is your journey to the Tibetan Healing Bowl?
I first discovered sound healing and the Tibetan bowl through an amazing lady called Anne Malone who is also a talented musician. The first time she placed the master bowl on my body I felt myself sink into a place of deep relaxation but at the same time, every cell in my body felt alive. I was already a yoga teacher and am always finding ways to help deepen my meditation practice and find new ways to create relaxation for myself and others - needless to say when I found out Anne taught a Sound Healing course, I signed up! I now use the bowl to not only relax but placed on my tummy when my digestion feels sluggish and on my heart chakra when I need an emotional release. I find people with backaches really love having the bowl placed on the area.
What are the benefits? When should we consider going to a session? What is the feeling? Is this practice painful?
The master bowl is a large bowl, a similar size to a large mixing bowl when the bowl is played it begins to ‘sing’ sending incredible vibrations through it. When the bowl is placed on the body those vibrations are transferred and ripple from head to toe. As we are made up of approximately 70% water our bodies becoming conductors of the vibrations creating a shift whether that is on an energetic or physical level. In addition, the sound of the bowl is extremely relaxing. I call my workshops Sensory Sound as I combine the bowl placement with restorative yoga poses, pranayama, aromatherapy oils and finished off with chocolate brownies!
What are the components of the bowl?
The bowl is made of seven different metals; copper, tin, zinc, iron, silver, gold and nickel and hand-beaten into a bowl.
What is your definition of wellbeing?
My definition of wellbeing is holistic. It’s having a healthy body, a happy and a peaceful mind and being surrounded by people I love. It has been a journey to wellbeing but something I really invest in. I eat intuitively and fill my body with the best possible nutrition the majority of the time and yoga and meditation has been transformative for my mental wellbeing but I also believe that relationships, exercise, spirituality and careers effect how well we feel. I used to suffer from anxiety and am prone to stress and combining good nutrition and time on my mat led me out of a very dark place.
How do you honour your sacredness or what is the ritual you have just for yourself?
Time on my yoga mat feels like a very personal safe space- a sacred haven amongst the hecticness of life. Whether it’s meditation, a strong physical practice or taking a child’s pose; it changes my energy, gives me answers and I feel recharged.
What is your favourite mantra? or a favourite quote?
Oh my god, I have so many! I don’t think I could choose. I love using mantras for my meditation practice and I use different ones depending on the time of year and what my focus is. I have been reading this one by Pico Iyer in my workshops recently as I think most of us need reminding:
| Because, in an age of speed, nothing can be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And, in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. Pico IYER
Yasmina is a Yoga Teacher specialised in Yin, Vinyasa, pregnancy & post natal. She is also a nutrition & health coach. Follow Yasmina on Insta