Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2021: Meditation to Conquer Pain

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2021: Meditation to Conquer Pain

Meditation to Conquer Pain  In the Yoga Sutras, the first collection about the teachings of yoga, it is said (to paraphrase): Pain is universal — suffering is avoidable. Life brings everyone pain in some form or the other, from the physical to the emotional 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...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter September 2021: Heart, Head, and Happiness

Astrology Yoga Newsletter September 2021: Heart, Head, and Happiness

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Heart, Head, and Happiness in Vedic Astrology Heart, Head, and Happiness   Every year or so, we are in luck when we get to experience the energy of a beautiful Venus with the intelligence of a brilliant Mercury – sort of a...
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...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter July 2021: Why is Kundalini Yoga So Hard?

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter July 2021: Why is Kundalini Yoga So Hard?

If Yoga is so Good, why is it so Hard? If you have been doing yoga for a while, you already know the many benefits it brings you: more energy, better rest, freedom from aches and pains, and a greater sense of peace and calmness. You would think that once someone...
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...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter: May 2021 – The Healing Power of Planets

Astrology Yoga Newsletter: May 2021 – The Healing Power of Planets

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: The Healing Power of Planets in Vedic Astrology The Healing Power of Planets One of the earliest uses of astrology was to predict illnesses and improve the health of the rulers of the lands. Tendencies toward certain illnesses and...
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...
Gong Yoga Newsletter November 2020: Sound Healing, Yoga and the Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter November 2020: Sound Healing, Yoga and the Gong

Sound Healing, Yoga and the Gong Healing can be defined as the restoration of the natural balance and flow of energy on all levels of existence: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  This definition asserts that health is the natural state of an organism, and...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter October 2020: The Most Powerful Mantra

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter October 2020: The Most Powerful Mantra

The Most Powerful Mantra in Kundalini Yoga (?) The job of a Preacher is to remind you that there is a God. The job of a Teacher is to remind you that you are God. Your job is to remind yourself. Fortunately, there is a mantra for that. Most of the mantras we use in...
Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2020: The Gong Time Machine

Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2020: The Gong Time Machine

The Gong Time Machine Gongs do many amazing things, but perhaps one of their most fascinating effects is their ability to change time. Yes, a gong can be a time travel machine. People who relax or meditate deeply with the gong sometimes report past events that have...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter October 2020: What Sign is Your Chakra?

Astrology Yoga Newsletter October 2020: What Sign is Your Chakra?

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: What Sign is Your Chakra in Vedic Astrology What Sign Is Your Chakra? I admit that I am somewhat embarrassed by the title of this article. On the surface, it seems to be extra “woo-woo” and a superficial ploy to get your attention....
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2020: The Secret Sustainer

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2020: The Secret Sustainer

The Secret Sustainer While doing research for my upcoming Mudra Therapy course, I examined several hundred mudras from many yoga and spiritual traditions. I began to appreciate that Kundalini Yoga used several fascinating mudras that I had not been able to find in the...
Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2020: Full Moon, New Moon, GONG!

Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2020: Full Moon, New Moon, GONG!

Full Moon, New Moon, GONG! My favorite days to play the Gong for healing, therapy, and recovery are the days of the Full Moon and New Moon. And as a Vedic astrologer and longtime Yogi, I can tell you why. In the practices of Yoga, it is recommended to meditate and...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter August 2020: Mantras Meet Mudras

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter August 2020: Mantras Meet Mudras

Mantras Meet Mudras A powerful yet relatively unknown practice in yoga is the conscious placement of sound into the physical body. This was one of the original tantric practices that reclaimed the physical body as the vehicle and implement of consciousness, and it is...
Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2020: How Gongs Create Group Consciousness

Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2020: How Gongs Create Group Consciousness

How Gongs Create Group Consciousness In a published November 2018 article, Dr. Tam Hunt, a psychologist from the University of California in Santa Barbara, proposed a “resonance theory of consciousness” that is based upon the understanding that all matter vibrates,...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter July 2020: Magic Fingers

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter July 2020: Magic Fingers

Magic Fingers The greatest secret in yoga is right at the tip of your figures. Literally.  When you touch your fingers together in a specific way, you can take your Kundalini yoga practice and even your health to a completely new level. These finger positions are...
Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2020: Show Us Your Gong Fingers

Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2020: Show Us Your Gong Fingers

Show Us Your Gong Fingers When you relax with the Gong, what do you do with your hands? Some people simply turn their hands palms up, like in yogic relaxation. Some rest their hands on their body or over their heart. And a few of you (and you know who you are) take a...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter July 2020: Planets at Your Fingertips

Astrology Yoga Newsletter July 2020: Planets at Your Fingertips

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Planets at Your Fingertips in Vedic Astrology Planets at Your Fingertips We know from astrology that the planets themselves represent different energies, psychological states, physical body areas, and states of mind. All thoughts,...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter June 2020: Classic Kundalini Quickies!

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter June 2020: Classic Kundalini Quickies!

Classic Kundalini Quickies! One of the most common excuses people use to avoid committing to a daily yoga practice is they do not have any extra time in their day for yoga. Of course, no one has “extra time.” But everyone absolutely has “enough time.’  Especially if...
Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2020 – Yoga del Gong: Yo Hablo Español

Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2020 – Yoga del Gong: Yo Hablo Español

Yoga del Gong: Yo Hablo Español My first book about the gong, Gong Yoga, is now available in Spanish! Those of us who love the Gong know that it speaks to all people, all cultures. Its sound awakens a universal response in everyone, regardless of where they live and...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter May 2020: It’s Thyme for Yogi Tea

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter May 2020: It’s Thyme for Yogi Tea

It’s Thyme for Yogi Tea! The health benefits of Yogi Tea, the beverage of choice for Kundalini Yoga practitioners, are well known: Improves digestion Increases circulation, Purifies the liver Strengthens the circulatory system Helps the lungs and respiratory system...
Gong Yoga Newsletter May 2020: My Gong’s Name Is…

Gong Yoga Newsletter May 2020: My Gong’s Name Is…

My Gong’s Name Is …. In southeast Asia, one of the origin points of gong making, the gong makers would often name the Gong they created, as a sign of respect and to honor the spirit that lived within the Gong. Such names as “Sir Earthquake” and “Honored Tiger”...