On this last quarter moon, I am celebrating Bone's long awaited return home after his travels and performances in China. During our time apart I have been contemplating and reflecting on how many lives he has touched through his gift of music. I am grateful and delighted to have him back to share more of his magical medicine with you all.

For many the healing power of music is undisputed. Listening to our favorite playlists on our way to work or when we are winding down at home, can almost immediately lift and sooth our spirits. Music calms the nervous system and aids restful sleep as vibrations affect the body on a cellular level to bring us back to a natural state of harmony and ease. Tibetan singing bowl sound healing and gong baths have become increasingly popular in recent decades but the these practices date back to pre-Buddist Tibetan Bon culture where the instruments were used for ceremonial purposes, rituals and also for healing. Sound Healing is an extremely powerful and non-intrusive method to release stress and reduce physical pain. 

In ancient China, music was also known to heal illness and the character for medicine 藥 (yào) originates from its lower part 樂 (pronounced yuè or lè) which means both music, as well as delight and happiness. The Upper part is a radical that means grass and grass-related plants and refers to the herbal remedies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). So the foundation of TCM is deeply rooted in music, happiness, and herbs.

樂 與人和,

天人合 一

“Harmony between music and man,

harmony between Heaven and man”

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, known to be China’s first medical text (about 2,300 years old), recorded the use of music as therapy and has a direct relation to TCM's five-element theory 五行 (wǔxíng).

In Chinese Traditional Medicine, the processes of nature are symbolized with five basic elements that recognized as wood 木 (), earth 土(), fire 火 (huo), metal 金 (jīn) and water 水(shuǐ). Music therapy uses these elements as a way of understanding and articulating the process of change within the systems of the body. Each element has corresponding internal organs as well as colors, flavors, seasons, climatic factors, emotions and musical notes. These five notes or sounds (jué, zhǐ, gōng, shāng, ) formed the basis of classical Chinese music and were performed using classical Chinese instruments such as the gong, drum, zither and flute. This music when skillfully applied, helped to achieve a specific type of healing.

1. Wood 木

The arctic direction of Wood is East and corresponds to colors green and blue, the spring season, the wind, and anger. It influences the gallbladder and liver. “jué” is the musical note associated with wood. It is similar to the “E” note in Western musical notation, and it makes a “mi” sound. The note helps relieve depression and allows for smooth qi function.

2. Earth 土

The arctic direction of earth is Center and corresponds to yellow, late summer, pensiveness, and dampness. Earth has an association with the “gōng” note or “C” in Western musical notation. It makes a “do” sound. The note helps strengthen the spleen and stomach organs.

3. Fire 火

The arctic direction of fire is South and has a link with summer in general, as well as red, heat, and joy. It is linked to the “zhǐ” note or “G.” As a result, it makes a “so” musical sound. The note nourishes the heart and small intestine.

4. Metal 金

The arctic direction of metal is West and has an association with white, dryness, autumn, and grief. It corresponds with the “shāng” musical note or “D,” while it creates a “re” tone. It also helps protect and nourish the large intestine and lungs.

5. Water 水

The arctic direction of water is North and has a connection with black, cold, winter, fear, as well as the bladder and kidney organs. It corresponds with the “” or “A” note, and it makes a “la” sound. The note nourishes the kidneys and protects its essence. It also reduces lung fire.

We are a part of nature and nature is a part of us. Ayurveda, one of the Vedic sciences from India, and Tibetan Medicine also recognize our bodies, health and wellbeing as being comprised and influenced by the five elements. Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine also maintain Earth, Fire and Water as primary elements but rather than Wood and Metal, encompass Air and Ether. TCM, Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine all use the fundamental understanding of our bodies as being an integral part of nature and its processes. They provide ways to read and interpret the body from a holistic viewpoint, perceiving these elements in constant flux both in and around us. Through skillful observation and traditional test methods (astrological birth charts, measuring pulse, observing diet, physical body types and symptoms) one's specific constitution and potential imbalance can be detected. Herbal remedies, modifications in diet as well as somatic practices such as Qigong in TCM and Pranayama and Asana in Ayurveda, can be prescribed. In addition, sound, music and mantra are important modalities that can be integrated into the healing journey, as they help our bodies attune and harmonize to a natural state of health and equilibrium.

Research has shown that five-element music therapy has had a positive effect on the quality of life in cancer patients, as well as people suffering from depression, seasonal affective disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome. Sound healing practices at large, have a profound impact on health and wellbeing.

Join us and experience the positive effects for yourself.


Friday October 25th, 4.15 - 5.45pm

Vinyasa with Live Music, with Janet Stone at Yoga Tree Castro, San Francisco

Sunday October 27th, 6 - 9pm

Concert with Bone Lhamo Kyap: Music Medicine at Fort Awesome, Berkeley

Saturday November 2nd, 3 - 5pm

Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing with Mari Isaac and Laura Shirreff at Yoga Works Walnut Creek

Wednesday November 6th, 6 - 7pm

Yoga with Live Music, with Laura Shirreff at Yoga Kula, Berkeley

Friday November 8th, 4.30 - 5.50pm

Vinyasa with Live Music, with Alyssa DeCaro at Yoga Tree Telegraph, Berkeley

Sunday November 10th, 9 - 10.30am

Vinyasa with Live Music, with Danni Pomplun at Yoga Tree Hayes, San Francisco

Friday November 15th, 4.30 - 5.50pm

Vinyasa with Live Music, with Laura Shirreff at Yoga Tree Telegraph, Berkeley

Friday November 29th, 4.30 - 5.50pm

Vinyasa with Live Music, with Laura Shirreff at Yoga Tree Telegraph, Berkeley


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You can now also enjoy Bone's latest music recording, Grandma's Memory on itunes and Spotify

We hope that you enjoy this recording.

It is thanks to you all that we had the opportunity to capture and preserve Bone's vital message in his Grandmother's mother tongue, a rare and endangered language. (Read more..)


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