Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2018: Meditation – Got a Minute?

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2018: Meditation – Got a Minute?

Meditation: Got a Minute? A Kundalini Yoga class is an ongoing experience of the meditative mind. During the exercises, you focus on your breath, a mantra, a mudra, and often have your eyes closed in order to go deeper within the practice and achieve a natural state...
Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2018: Be Quiet – It’s a Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2018: Be Quiet – It’s a Gong

Be Quiet – It’s a Gong For most people, the Gong is a loud musical instrument, capable of producing crashing, splashing sounds of color and penetration. And indeed, sometimes the Gong is played that way, with its sound becoming at times overwhelming to the listener....
Astrology Newsletter February 2018: What’s Your Birthday Planet?

Astrology Newsletter February 2018: What’s Your Birthday Planet?

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Your Birthday Planet in Vedic Astrology What’s Your Birthday Planet? Many people know their Sun sign (at least their Western Sun sign), but only a few know their birthday planet. Your birthday planet is determined by the day of the...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2018: Kundalini New Year – Drink Up

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2018: Kundalini New Year – Drink Up

KUNDALINI NEW YEAR – DRINK UP! New Year’s has always been a modern substitute for the pagan celebration of Saturnalia where the purpose was to drink and orgy your way through the winter months. Old customs die hard, even as the common practice of orgies fade away and...
Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2018: The Gong as Art

Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2018: The Gong as Art

THE GONG AS ART In some of the ancient writings on the Gong, it was said that even “the sight of a gong could cure all ills.” One interpretation of this is that when you are within proximity, or sight of a gong, there is a constant healing field being generated by the...
Astrology Newsletter January 2018: Super Blue Moon Eclipse

Astrology Newsletter January 2018: Super Blue Moon Eclipse

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Super Blue Moon Eclipse in Vedic Astrology SUPER BLUE MOON ECLIPSE YOW! The New Year begins with a Full Moon on January 1st, and is called a “Super Moon” because of its proximity to the earth. And then the month ends with a lunar...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter December 2017: A Kundalini Solstice

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter December 2017: A Kundalini Solstice

A Kundalini Solstice Yogi Bhajan often taught special meditations for the Summer and Winter Solstices. He said that these were special days for the human psyche to re-set itself for the seasonal changes. While Winter Solstice is usually December 21st in most parts of...
Gong Newsletter December 2017: Yogi Bhajan and the Gong

Gong Newsletter December 2017: Yogi Bhajan and the Gong

Yogi Bhajan and the Gong It is not an overstatement to say that Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini Yoga, was the most influential individual in spreading the use of the Gong, from India to the Western world, as an instrument for meditation and healing. Beginning in...
Gong Dharma Newsletter – November 2017

Gong Dharma Newsletter – November 2017

The Two Sounds of Your Gong The Gong is renowned for its complexity and multiplicity of sounds, and its ability to create an incredibly rich soundscape. Yet there are are only two basic sounds the Gong produces: Fundamental Tones and Harmonic Overtones. The...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter November 2017: Show Me Some Skin

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter November 2017: Show Me Some Skin

Give Me Some Skin One of the many distinguishing (unusual!) aspects of Kundalini Yoga is the presence of sheepskins used to practice and meditate upon. While other yoga students are busy buying petroleum based yoga mats and bags, Kundalini students are investigating...
Gong Newsletter November 2017: Gongs Not Bongs

Gong Newsletter November 2017: Gongs Not Bongs

Gongs – Not Bongs My first experience is using the Gong was in a Kundalini Yoga ashram in 1974 where it was played by teachers for recovering drug addicts. Our ashram served as a half-way house for ex-drug users, primarily heroin and cocaine. They lived a yogic...
Astrology Newsletter November 2017: Saturn Makes a Lucky Move

Astrology Newsletter November 2017: Saturn Makes a Lucky Move

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Saturn Makes a Lucky Move in Vedic Astrology Saturn Makes a Lucky Move   For the past few days (October 26), Saturn has been blessing us with its presence in the Vedic sign of Sagittarius. This relief comes after an almost...
Gong Dharma Newsletter – October 2017

Gong Dharma Newsletter – October 2017

The Moody Blues Rock and Roll musicians “discovered” the psychedelic Gong in the late 1960s and 1970s. I think my first exposure to the sound of the Gong was at a Moody Blues concert when they performed “Knights in White Satin/Lament.” At the end of the 7-minute song,...
Gong Newsletter October 2017: Dying to Hear the Gong

Gong Newsletter October 2017: Dying to Hear the Gong

Dying to Hear the Gong The Gong has been used for centuries in almost every ritual, ceremony, and rite of passage known to humankind. In Buddhist monasteries, gongs call the attention of the gods. In ancient Greece, they open the realm of the dead. In Borneo, they are...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter October 2017: Talking with your Chakras

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter October 2017: Talking with your Chakras

Talking with Your Chakras When is the last time you talked with your chakras? Probably in the last hour or so. Every time we speak, we usually speak from a combination of two chakra energy centers. Every chakra has a specific frequency that informs our energy. From...
Astrology Newsletter October 2017: A Dance of Mind and Heart

Astrology Newsletter October 2017: A Dance of Mind and Heart

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: A Dance of Mind & Heart in Vedic Astrology Dancing with Mind and Heart October will show us how balanced we are with a month-long dance between mind and heart, intellect and emotion, understanding and feeling, and reason and...
Gong Dharma Newsletter – September 2017

Gong Dharma Newsletter – September 2017

The Octagong When does a gong have eight sides? When it is made by Martin Blase, master gong maker in Germany. I obtained this gong from Martin last summer in his studio after hearing its amazing sound. My wife says the sound of the Octogong shatters old patterns and...
Gong Newsletter September 2017: A Gong for Every Chakra

Gong Newsletter September 2017: A Gong for Every Chakra

A Gong for Every Chakra! Many people experience healing and relaxation from the sound of the Gong. And the gong has been used therapeutically for a wide range of applications, from treating addictions, balancing the emotions, and even reducing inflammation in the...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2017: Keeping it Hot

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2017: Keeping it Hot

Kundalini Yoga: Keeping It Hot I’ve taught Kundalini Yoga in some pretty hot places: Costa Rica, Bali, Mexico, and of course, Austin Texas. Sweat trickling down your back as you do Sat Kriya and giving Breath of Fire a new meaning in 105 degree heat. And some people...
Astrology Newsletter September 2017: Time for a Karmic Overhaul

Astrology Newsletter September 2017: Time for a Karmic Overhaul

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Time for a Karmic Overhaul in Vedic Astrology Time for a Karmic Overhaul: Rahu & Ketu Change Vedic Signs On September 8, the planets Rahu and Ketu enter new Vedic signs respectively, and we all get to feel the karmic...
Gong Yoga Newsletter August 2017:How to Listen to the Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter August 2017:How to Listen to the Gong

Put On Your Gong Ears: How to Listen to the Gong How do you listen to the sound of the Gong? Most people simply relax on the back, with their feet pointing toward to the gong player, and let the sound pour over and through them. And that’s nice. But it may not be the...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter August 2017: All the Breath You Need

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter August 2017: All the Breath You Need

All the Breath You Need: Managing Your Emotional Energy Anxious? Depressed? Low energy? Can’t calm down? Just feeling really off? Maybe you need to take a breath. Or several breaths. After all, one of the most powerful experiences in the practice of Kundalini Yoga...
Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2017: The Gong as Therapy

Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2017: The Gong as Therapy

The Gong as Therapy Are you ready for therapy? Gong Therapy, that is. If you have only experienced the gong in a group setting or yoga class, you may not fully realize the power of the gong to heal and transform. Gong Therapy is done one-on-one, the gong player and...
Astrology Newsletter July 2017: Moms are from Mars

Astrology Newsletter July 2017: Moms are from Mars

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Moms are from Mars in Vedic Astrology Moms Are from Mars On July 11, Mars enters the Vedic sign of Cancer where it will remain until August 26. Mars is not happy in Cancer. Mars is not strong in Cancer. Mars is debilitated in...
Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2017: Gigantic Gongs

Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2017: Gigantic Gongs

Gigantic Gongs:  When Size Matters Gongs are often priced by size, and the sound they produce varies dramatically as their size increases. So it’s no surprise that gong players, and people who love the gong, can be a little obsessive with this probing question: How...
Astrology Newsletter June 2017: Summer Solstice & Saturn

Astrology Newsletter June 2017: Summer Solstice & Saturn

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Summer Solstice & Saturn in Vedic Astrology Summer Solstice Arrives – But So Does Saturn Every June, the biggest astrological event is the arrival of Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the day of the Sun and the...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter June 2017: Silent Mantra and Simran

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter June 2017: Silent Mantra and Simran

With Every Breath:  Silent Mantra and Simran In the practice of Kundalini Yoga, students are often instructed to use a silent mantra with the breath as they inhale and exhale, or as they move from left to right or up and down (“Inhale Sat, exhale Nam.”) The silent...
Gong Newsletter May 2017: Land of Gongs

Gong Newsletter May 2017: Land of Gongs

The Land of Gongs Have you ever heard a bonang played before? It sounds a lot like a gong because it is a gong. When the Dutch explored what is now Indonesia in the late 1500s, the encountered a huge round metal instrument that the natives said was imbued with magical...
Astrology Newsletter May 2017: Thank God It’s May

Astrology Newsletter May 2017: Thank God It’s May

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Thank God it’s May in Vedic Astrology Thank God It’s May!   Although the calendar may say May 3rd, May does not really start until now. Because that is when Mercury finally goes direct after being retrograde for...
Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2017: Too Much Gong?

Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2017: Too Much Gong?

Too Much Gong? Maybe! Can we ever get too much gong? No, no, you cry. We love the gong. Please gong us. If not too much, then how much gong? Is it like a great meal, a great yoga class, or great sex? Do you really want it to go on for hours? (Well maybe). But actually...
Astrology Newsletter April 2017: Expect the Unexpected

Astrology Newsletter April 2017: Expect the Unexpected

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Expect the Unexpected in Vedic Astrology Expect the Unexpected   Do you like it when people behave unexpectedly? Sometimes. But mostly not. While unexpected events can bring new opportunities, the price is a disruption of...
Gong Newsletter March 2017: How Loud is That Gong?

Gong Newsletter March 2017: How Loud is That Gong?

How Loud is that Gong? Most people experience the sound of the gong as “loud” even when played at a medium volume because of the power and complexity of the sound it is capable of producing. And if the gong is played poorly, it sounds even louder because of the...
Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2017: Gongs – The Universal Language!

Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2017: Gongs – The Universal Language!

Gongs – The Universal Language! There are some words that are the same in all languages. Starting with variations on “hello,” we have words like “mama” and “papa,” “tea,” “coffee,” “chocolate,” “pizza,” “shampoo,” “bikini,” and others that are almost the same...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2017: Meet Your Master

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2017: Meet Your Master

Meet Your Master Does your momma tell you what to do? Your boss? Your government? Who do you allow to be in charge of your life, and who is your master? For many people, it is their mind that tells them what to do. Their mind is the boss, the mind is the master. And...
Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2016: Finding the Perfect Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2016: Finding the Perfect Gong

Finding the Perfect GONG! When you consider that a well-made gong will outlive you (and most interpersonal relationships!), it’s obvious that you want to select the Gong in Your Life much as if you were selecting a life partner. Like the modern world of relationships,...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter December 2016: Meet Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter December 2016: Meet Yogi Bhajan

Meet Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga It is human nature to focus on personalities. From electing presidents to People magazine to Dancing With the Stars, we want to make people bigger than life. We are a celebrity-obsessed culture and even the practice of...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter November 2016: The Perfect Yoga Practice

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter November 2016: The Perfect Yoga Practice

The Perfect Yoga Practice For the beginning Kundalini yoga student, one of the most common questions is: How often should I come to class or practice yoga? “How often” means there is a measurable number, an amount of time, or a finite quantity that you can achieve,...
Astrology Newsletter November 2016: Super-Super Moon & Mighty Mars

Astrology Newsletter November 2016: Super-Super Moon & Mighty Mars

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Super-super Moon & Mighty Mars in Vedic Astrology LOOK! Up in the Sky! It’s Super Moon! What is this strange visitor to our planet? It is the Moon, but so very close this time, closer than it will ever be for another 18...
Gong Yoga Newsletter November 2016: The Sound of the Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter November 2016: The Sound of the Gong

The Sound of the Gong Mehtab is the author of Gong Yoga, Teaching Gong Yoga, and Gong Therapy The gong has been involved in every kind of human activity, from the earthly to the ethereal. In Buddhist monasteries, gongs call the attention of the gods. In ancient...
Gong Yoga Newsletter Oct 2016: The Sacred Gong – Beyond Words

Gong Yoga Newsletter Oct 2016: The Sacred Gong – Beyond Words

Writing about what you love is easy. After writing three books about the Gong, and working on my fourth, I’m passing the 100,000 word mark about this amazing instrument for healing and transformation. Yet in some way, all that really needs to be written about the Gong...