Frequently asked questions
Where are the Bowls Made - What are they made of?
All the Bowls sold by Avaja are hand made in Patan south of Kathmandu by Santa Ratna Shakya a forth generation Metal worker. The bowls are all Seven metal bowls Copper, Tin, Zinc, Iron, Lead, Gold and Silver. Different percentages are used in Standard, Nirvana and Full Moon Bowls. In general Standard bowls have more Copper and Full Moon Bowls purer metal is used. More details are in the Book by Santa "Singing Bowls - A Nepali Instrument for Tuning the Mind Healing the Body"
Can I hear the Bowls?
Each Bowl has a Sound bite recorded for the Striking of the Bowl - some also have a Singing note recorded. These are hosted on Google Drive and a link is provided on each Product Description. Note - you will need a Google Drive account to sign into to hear the Bowl recording.
What causes the variation in colour some of the Bowls show?
All bowls are individually made so all have there own unique marks, shapes, sound and colouration.
Where can I "See the bowls"?
Avaja does various events around the UK (and sometimes abroad) however during the Covid pandemic many events have been cancelled. The Events page will display dates and venues of planned events when they are confirmed - hopefully from July 2021 onwards.
Do you have a shop?
Avaja does not have a shop but the events page shows where we will be exhibiting. We are based in Worksop near Sheffield and we do 1 to 1 visits within a 50 mile radius - If you would lkie to organise a visit then please e-mail avaja.co.uk - note I can do visits beyond this range through personal arragement.
Are you qualified?
I have spent two periods in Nepal with Santa and have trained directly with Santa Ratna Shakya. I have also trained in the UK with Craig Eddington at ......... and qualified in ....
How do I take care of my Bowl?
Singing Bowls are a unique sound instrument and as such should be looked after. When transporting them we recommend that they are individually wrapped and placed in a strong box with further packing applied. They can be "nested" if they are individually wrapped to prevent jarring in transit.
You mention Chakra systems but some of the Notes and Chakras you refer to are different to the ones I have heard of
Avaja uses the Tibetan 7 Chakra systems. The bowls are made by Santa in Nepal and the therapies and healings have been passed down through 4 family generations. The table below references the Tibetan (1st) and Western (2nd) Chakra systems