By Diane Ako
Guest written by Emi Aiko
Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” When the music of the crystal singing bowls hits you, meditative melodies will hit your soul.
Massage therapist and musician Bryan Jordan plays the crystal singing bowls in a restorative yoga class every third Saturday of the month in the heart of Kailua town.
The crystal bowls, a type of bell made from silica sand used for making glass, creates ineffable sounds and music that enhances the healing process in the yoga session. The pure tones of the bowls are magical and very powerful.
The yoga session begins with a tranquil melody produced by one of the translucent white crystal bowls. When Jordan gently hits the bowl with a wooden stick, it creates a soft but powerful tone that resonates across a dimmed, candle-lit room.
As the instructor, Tania, proceeds with a yoga pose, Jordan changes his stick movements into a circular motion around the bowl. As he repeats this circular movement, the sounds become stronger and stronger, bouncing faster and faster across the room. That’s when the crystal bowls will start to "sing."
A loud vibrational harmony starts to sound like trance music, not only stimulating brain waves but also altering one's state of consciousness. It’s ethereal. Yet, this resonating harmony creates a sanctuary of sound for deep relaxation and meditation while you’re in a yoga position.
Jordan says there are no music notes to the healing resonance of the singing crystal bowls. These original sacred sounds are created on the spot so every session will be unique and different.
Practicing yoga with a relaxing music CD is one option. But this restorative yoga session with the crystal singing bowls will surely let you know how sound and music can be powerful tools. It definitely helps you get in touch with the deepest aspect of your spirit and emotions.
Interested in a journey of bliss and healing? “Restorative Yoga & Crystal Singing Bowls with Bryan Jordan & Tania” is held every third Saturday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kailua Medical Arts Building. It is located on 407 Uluniu Street, Room #412. A session is $20 if you register in advance and $25 for walk-ins.
Jordan also performs regular concerts at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center every second and fourth Friday. It is located at 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive in Kailua. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:45 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
Call Bryan Jordan at (808) 782-9595 or email him at Bryan@SacredBreathHealing.com to confirm time and location.
More details at http://sacredbreathhealing.com/events.