AJ’s Matt: My New Journey with Crystal Singing Bowls
Part 1: Learning About Sound & Vibrations
By: “AJ” Amy Jo Crowell, Publisher Dallas Yoga Magazine & Co-Founder Cosmic Yogi Movement
Photo: My personal set of Crystal Singing Bowls glowing and ready to be played.
FYI: I am a novice at understanding sound being used for healing and I am excited to start my new journey of learning, practicing, experiencing and understanding this little by little. I have had crystal bowls for some time and have been practicing randomly at home and with friends. But now I’m ready to dive deeper into learning more about sound healing, so I am beginning a 3 month class focusing on sound healing with crystal bowls. I will share my experience with you during the next 3 months and hope we learn together.
When I first encountered sound healing and meditation, it was at a “Gong Bath” of Kenny Kolters. It was an amazing experience where I felt as if my body had been lifted into another dimension of peace and serenity. Kenny’s hour-long class seemed to go by in minutes and when I came back into my body I felt revitalized and completely destressed. I was immediately hooked on the practice and wanted to learn more about sound therapy and healing.
Since then, I have been to many of Kenny’s classes as well as others including Denae Richards’ gong baths. Each of these sound healers use not only their gong but other instruments including Tibetan bowls, ocean drums, crystal bowls, chimes, bells and many others. As Kenny says, “There are no two sessions alike and every experience is different.” I have found this to be very true. The sounds and vibrations are never the same and each session affects my body and mind differently. Once I felt my entire belly vibrating as if water was flowing in waves like the ocean through me. It was exhilarating, calming and surprising at the same time.
People are becoming more open about sound healing and therapy. There are sound healers throughout the country and their popularity has increased tremendously. For example, Kenny often brings his gong and assortment of instruments to hospitals for patients to receive the vibrational healing. This was very unlikely to happen just a decade before but new information and benefits of sound healing have become known and accepted.
As part of my new crystal singing bowl journey, I researched have sound healing and was astonished at some of the benefits. Here are just a few of the many I found:
- Helps recovery after illness, traumas and medical issues
- Increases energy flow
- Balances the brain
- Increase circulation
- Brings harmony and calmness to your mind and body
- Reduces stress
- Sleep Improves
- Stimulates hormone balance
- Assists in lowering blood pressure
“Up to 90% of doctor visits are stress related” according to the American Institute of Stress. Once you try sound healing either with a gong bath, Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls or whatever you choose you will realize why sound healing is recommended for stress reduction and you will understand why it is exploding across the country. I can only go from my experience and my friends experience…sound healing works on many different levels.
“AJ” Amy Jo Crowell holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Best Selling Author of the book Loved Back to Life. She is the Publisher/Owner of Dallas Yoga Magazine and is a yoga enthusiast who has practiced yoga for decades. AJ is also the Co-Founder of Cosmic Yogi Movement hoping to unite all yogis by bringing yoga festivals to Texas.
For information on Kenny Kolter: www.gongmeditation.com
For information on Denae Richards: www.denaerichards.com