This entry was posted on Jun 27, 2023 by Charlotte Bell.
My introduction to Tingsha Bells was on the primary five-day silent mindfulness retreat I attended in 1988. The bells introduced all the schedule of the day—wakeup time, every sitting and every strolling meditation, yoga follow, meals and bedtime. Once we heard the clear, dulcet tones of the bells, we knew it was time to maneuver on to the subsequent factor.
Also called Tibetan chimes, Tibetan cymbals, or Kartals, Tingsha Bells are small, cymbal-shaped bells related by a leather-based wire. Like cymbals, they sound once they strike one another. However not like cymbals, they sound when the edges, slightly than the flat surfaces, make contact. Tingsha Bells are additionally a lot thicker than percussion cymbals, giving the edges a wealthy sonority. The sound is a transparent, high-pitched, long-ringing tone.
Use Tingsha Bells
Tingsha Bells initially come from Tibet. Usually paired with variously pitched singing bowls, the bells are historically utilized in Buddhist meditation rituals. As of late, yoga and meditation practitioners use them in a wide range of methods. Following are some methods you need to use these bells to reinforce your yoga follow and educating
Utilizing Bells in Yoga and Meditation
- Beginnings and endings in yoga lessons: Some yoga lecturers like to start and finish their lessons with the sound of bells. It is a pretty solution to settle college students onto their mats, and to set an intention to show consciousness inward. The bells can gently deliver individuals out of Savasana (Rest Pose) as effectively.
- Dwelling follow: You needn’t be in a category setting to make use of Tingsha Bells to bookend your follow. Use them to mark the start and finish of your individual house yoga and meditation follow.
- Sound therapeutic: Sound is vibration. You’ve got most likely skilled, greater than as soon as, how a thumping bass line in music can vibrate in areas of the physique apart from your ears. The power of sound to vibrate inside the physique is among the causes most of us love listening to music. Within the yoga system, completely different pitches are stated to resonate with every of our chakras (vitality facilities). Due to their increased pitch, Tingsha Bells are inclined to vibrate the higher chakras. Yogic sound therapeutic rituals mix Tingsha Bells with singing bowls of assorted pitches to “tune” the chakras.
- Outside yoga and meditation: In the summertime, I train an outside mindfulness class on the native arboretum. Within the class, we follow sitting and strolling meditation. Folks usually unfold out through the strolling interval as a result of there are such a lot of lovely locations to follow. I exploit Tingsha Bells to inform folks that strolling meditation is over and it is time to come again to our assembly place. Their excessive pitch cuts by way of different sounds and makes it simple to assemble everybody collectively.
About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell found yoga in 1982 and commenced educating in 1986. Charlotte is the creator of Conscious Yoga, Conscious Life: A Information for On a regular basis Apply and Yoga for Meditators, each printed by Rodmell Press. Her third e book is titled Hip-Wholesome Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Information to Defending the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Ache (Shambhala Publications). She writes a month-to-month column for CATALYST Journal and serves as editor for Yoga U On-line. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte performs oboe and English horn within the Salt Lake Symphony and people sextet Pink Rock Rondo, whose DVD received two Emmy awards in 2010.