Kundalini Yoga Newsletter: March 2022 – Kundalini … At Home!

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter: March 2022 – Kundalini … At Home!

Kundalini … At Home!   For the last two years, many people have discovered the joys of Kundalini Yoga without ever leaving their home. On computer and phone screens around the world, people are doing “breath of fire” and saying “Sat Nam” who have never done...
Gong Yoga Newsletter: March 2022 – Sleeping with the GONG

Gong Yoga Newsletter: March 2022 – Sleeping with the GONG

Sleeping with the GONG Have you ever heard anyone snoring during a gong relaxation?  It can be a little annoying, especially if it turns out to be yourself. Yet, it does seem natural to zonk out during a deep relaxation. But, if you do sleep with the gong, you may be...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2022: Yoga Plus Friends

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2022: Yoga Plus Friends

Yoga Plus Friends The classic image of a Yogi is the person sitting by themselves, alone in meditation and removed from the world. Yet, it wasn’t always this way. One theory about the earliest practices of yoga is that it was first done to create group consciousness...
Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2022: Gongs that Grow on Trees

Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2022: Gongs that Grow on Trees

Gongs that Grow on Trees Most of us who play gongs (or just listen to them) think of a Gong as being an instrument made of metal. But in reality, gongs existed before metal making began.  Ancient sites have revealed gongs composed of stones and rocks, and in many...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter January 2022: A Backward Kind of Love

Astrology Yoga Newsletter January 2022: A Backward Kind of Love

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: A Backward Kind of Love in Vedic Astrology A Backward Kind of Love: Venus in Retrograde Did you miss it? Venus went retrograde on December 19th.  Not to worry – it stays retrograde almost all of January! Unlike Mercury, which is...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter: December 2021 – How Mantras Work

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter: December 2021 – How Mantras Work

How Mantras Work Mantras, sacred sounds, are used in all the practices of yoga, from postures to breath to meditation. They help focus the mind, direct the flow of prana, and center us in the present. In Kundalini Yoga, we say that repetition of mantras creates new...
Gong Yoga Newsletter: December 2021 – The Very Best Gong Mallet

Gong Yoga Newsletter: December 2021 – The Very Best Gong Mallet

The Very Best Gong Mallet Gong players often ask me, “What is the best Gong?” I usually have many different responses to that question. Strangely, however, they rarely ask me, “What is the best gong mallet?” And I do have one consistent answer for that question. The...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter November 2021 – Kundalini Rebirthing

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter November 2021 – Kundalini Rebirthing

Kundalini Re-Birthing I have a friend in Portugal who teaches Kundalini yoga and plays the gong. When he and his wife had their first child, he played the Gong while she chanted mantra. A real Kundalini Gong Birthing! The rest of us probably were not as lucky during...
Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2021: Kkwaenggwari, Jing, Jing Gong!

Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2021: Kkwaenggwari, Jing, Jing Gong!

Kkwaenggwari, Jing, Jing Gong!   Most gong players who use the Gong for healing, yoga, and meditation are very familiar with the Chinese and Western gongs that we use for sound healing and therapy. Yet, there are other types of gongs that you may want to add to...
Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2021: Your Magic Gong Ear

Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2021: Your Magic Gong Ear

Your Magic Gong Ear In my gong trainings and workshops, students often ask me: What is the best location in a room to hear the gong?  In the center? Up front? Near the back or in a corner? Sitting up, lying down, head toward the gong, feet toward the gong?  There are...
Gong Yoga Newsletter: August 2021 – Kids and Gongs

Gong Yoga Newsletter: August 2021 – Kids and Gongs

Kids and Gongs, Oh Yes! During my gong trainings, one of the more frequent questions is: “Is it okay to play the Gong for children?” My answer is, “Yes, but it’s better for children to play the Gong for you.” And here is why....
Astrology Yoga Newsletter: August 2021 – Venus in Virgo

Astrology Yoga Newsletter: August 2021 – Venus in Virgo

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Venus in Virgo in Vedic Astrology Virgin Lover: Venus In Virgo   On August 11, Venus ends its passionate embrace of Mars in the fiery sign of Leo and enters the Vedic sign of Virgo where it remains until September 6th.  Venus...
Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2021: The Art of the Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2021: The Art of the Gong

The Art of the Gong I always tried to play musical instruments – and tried is the right word. I tried the clarinet when I was 12 years old – all I really remember about the experience was that it collected a gob of spit that I had to shake out. Then in my hippie days,...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter July 2021: How Astrology Got Me A Job

Astrology Yoga Newsletter July 2021: How Astrology Got Me A Job

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: How Astrology Got Me a Job How Astrology Got Me a Job Over the last 25 years, I have probably done several thousand astrology readings and consultations for people all over the world. In 90% of these readings, one of the major...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter: June 2021 – Mercury Retrograde

Astrology Yoga Newsletter: June 2021 – Mercury Retrograde

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Mercury Retrograde in Vedic Astrology Mercury Retrograde – Time to Go Shopping! Perhaps you have been blissfully unaware that Mercury has been retrograde since May 29th? Not to worry – you can still blame miscommunications, travel...
Gong Yoga Newsletter: June 2021 – The Beginning of Gong Yoga

Gong Yoga Newsletter: June 2021 – The Beginning of Gong Yoga

The Beginning of Gong Yoga When I first began my book Gong Yoga, it was shortly after the beginning of the 21st century. While I had been experiencing the sound of the Gong in a Kundalini yoga environment since the early 1970s, it was some years later that I coined...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter: May 2021 – Kundalini Brain Fog

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter: May 2021 – Kundalini Brain Fog

Kundalini Brain Fog A popular new non-medical term is “brain fog” – a condition sometimes reported by people who have recovered from the coronavirus. Basically, brain fog is a symptom of an underlying medical condition that involves memory problems, a lack of mental...
Gong Yoga Newsletter: May 2021 – Gongs from Another Planet

Gong Yoga Newsletter: May 2021 – Gongs from Another Planet

Gongs from Another Planet   The sound of the Gong is perhaps one of the most other-worldly and ethereal sounds produced by a musical instrument. It takes you out of your body and also your mind with its truly cosmic sound. It is almost like you are on another...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter April 2021: Eat Your Stress Away

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter April 2021: Eat Your Stress Away

Eat Your Stress Away Kundalini Yoga, like all yoga, is most effective when practiced as a lifestyle. In my very first class at a Kundalini Yoga ashram nearly 50 years ago, I became aware of the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen as they prepared their evening...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter April 2021: Goodies from Jupiter

Astrology Yoga Newsletter April 2021: Goodies from Jupiter

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Goodies from Jupiter in Vedic Astrology Goodies from Jupiter! This is the month many Vedic astrologers have been looking forward to for a year! Jupiter finally leaves its most challenging sign of Capricorn and enters free-spirited...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter March 2021: Fly Like a Butterfly

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter March 2021: Fly Like a Butterfly

Fly Like a Butterfly This month brings us an opportunity to reset our energy and our lives as we move toward the Equinox on March 21.  The word equinox from Latin means “equal night.” It is a time when the length of the day and the night are equal in length, and there...
Gong Yoga Newsletter March 2021: The Secret of Playing the Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter March 2021: The Secret of Playing the Gong

The Secret of Playing the GONG While the Gong is in some ways one of the most welcoming instruments to learn how to play, the secret to playing it well for healing and therapy depends upon our understanding of how the mind works in relation to sound. The human mind...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter March 2021: Love is in the Air

Astrology Yoga Newsletter March 2021: Love is in the Air

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Love is in the Air in Vedic Astrology Love is in the Air (and Everywhere!) The absolute best astrological news this month is Venus entering the Vedic sign of Pisces beginning March 6!  During its month-long sojourn in Pisces (March...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2021: Going Neutral

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2021: Going Neutral

Going Neutral “The Yogi is one who the pair of opposites does not control. Neither heat nor cold, praise nor blame, affect the Yogi.”  – Yoga Sutras II, 48 One definition of a Yogi is one who does not react. In Kundalini Yoga, we call this non-reactive state the...
Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2021: Getting Close to the GONG

Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2021: Getting Close to the GONG

Getting Close to the GONG In days of old, it was said that simply being in the presence of a Gong could bring great healing. And in southeastern Asia today, people still make a pilgrimage to the temples where the great gongs hang, simply to touch it, be close to it,...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter February 2021: Saturn’s Kiss

Astrology Yoga Newsletter February 2021: Saturn’s Kiss

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Saturn’s Kiss in Vedic Astrology Saturn’s Kiss This month Venus enters the Vedic signs of Capricorn (January 27) and then Aquarius (February 20) – both signs of the zodiac ruled by Saturn. Venus is known as the sensual planet...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2021: Sat Nam Building Blocks

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2021: Sat Nam Building Blocks

Sat Nam Building Blocks Mantras are prelinguistic and they came before all languages. The sounds of mantras are independent of meaning and their effects are universal. They are sonic formulas to facilitate healing and transformation, and each part of the formula can...
Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2021: Gongs That Heal

Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2021: Gongs That Heal

Gongs That Heal Do gongs heal? What is it about the sound of the gong that people find so beneficial for their physical, mental and spiritual well-being?  And are some gongs more healing than others? One of the ways that sound healing has been said to work is that...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter January 2021: Where Should You Live?

Astrology Yoga Newsletter January 2021: Where Should You Live?

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Where Should You Live in Vedic Astrology Where Should You Live? One of the questions I get as a Vedic astrologer is, “Where should I live?” There is a popular aspect of Western astrology (Astrocartography) that looks at your birth...
Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2020: Gong Inside Your Head

Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2020: Gong Inside Your Head

Gong Inside Your Head Like many gong players, I have moved my gong events online in webinars and trainings.  I have managed through various instruments and recording techniques to get a gong sound online that is “listenable” and people are responding well to the...