Community Highlights: Gong, Singing Bowls, and Breath Meditation in Singapore

We hold monthly events with specially selected partners to help you explore your inner world. Here are the highlights from this year:

 

Gong Bath Meditation

A magical morning with Ascend Yoga and Overtone Sound Studio. We joined Suraya Sam, who has trained under Martha Collard of Red Doors, and Jens Ringefelt on the handpans, for a depthful inner journey.

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The vibration creates an ocean of sound that is profoundly relaxing. Your heart rate slows, blood pressure drops, and your breath returns to its natural rhythm. The gong induces a holistic resonance in your body and a spontaneous meditative state in your mind, resulting in a sense of expanded awareness and wholeness.

 

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Inspire: A Sonic Meditation by Amanda Ling

When you ease out stress, you make way for new insights. Led by veteran musician Amanda Ling, the day started with meditative live music played on traditional instruments, such as the shruti box, tingshas, and singing bowls.

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Popularly known today as singing bowls, these objects are believed to have originated in China, with the earliest known appearing in the Shang dynasty (16th–11th centuries BCE), among the oldest bronze objects found there.

 

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Pictured above are tingshas, used for centuries in religious ceremonies in the Himalayan regions, and known to awaken your awareness and stimulate a healing process. Composed of two handmade bell cymbals, tingshas are used in meditation, healing, aura and environment cleansing. Tapping the cymbals together at the edges produces a crystal pure, bell tone.

 

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Shruti boxes provide a rich drone background that supports singing or playing almost any instrument. A shruti box is hand-pumped, so you can produce a slightly pulsating constant chord to support the right rhythm for the style of music you are playing.

 

Vessels: An Exploration of Breathwork and Floatation

You already own a powerful tool to regulate your emotional state – your breath. We gathered the tribe for a morning focused on breath-related self healing techniques, meditative practice, and knowledge-sharing backed up by science. Led by Punam Rai, Asia’s pioneer Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner, we explored the practices that support our body’s natural abilities to overcome imbalance and illness.

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What was the most eye-opening thing you learnt?
“That breath is bringing us together”
“Didn’t know I had control over my tranquility this way”
“Breathing can be directed to any part of the body to energise or relax it”

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Photos by Ruth Schooling

 

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