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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. If you require a specific sound bite then please contact me e.g. Bowl sets are not recorded separately at the moment

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. Standard Bowls have a higher Copper content and as such are generally Shinnier and more monotone in colour, Full Moon Bowls have a higher Silver content and therefore are a darker and lighter contrast. Nirvana Bowls fit between these two in terms of colour and purity of metal. Copper naturally Oxidizes in air some bowls will dispaly Verdigris as a result of this process - where this is a characteristic of a Bowl it is mentioned in that Bowls product description

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. Events can be at Festivals - Sheffield Christmas Market and other local events. Alternatively, you can join our Newsletter. I also do home visits if you want to experience the Therapy of Sound or bring a number of bowls if you would like to experience before you buy.

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 .... I have full UK Public Liability Insurance and Insurance for Practicing Sound Therapy.

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. Other than dust the biggest thing to be aware of is Human hands have a natural oil on them and this can rub onto the bowls when handled, the best way to clean the bowl is with tepid water and a cloth and then dry them General points to note - If you place Water in the bowl then please drain the water and dry with a soft cloth to ensure they are dry. The bowls are played by striking and not hitting them, they do not bounce - they can play with dents and some times cracks in them but we don't recommend this. In some instances they can be be repaired. Avaja do not offer a Repair service. Each bowl is hand beaten and as such has individual markings some bowls may display Verdigris where the Copper has oxidized and parts of the bowl may go green this is a natural process

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 Note A Throat Third Eye Note B Crown Crown Note C Sacral Root Note D Heart Sacral Note E Third Eye Solar Plexus Note F Root Heart Note G Solar Plexus Throat

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