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”...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter April 2020: Be Healthy – Ride the Camel!

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter April 2020: Be Healthy – Ride the Camel!

Be Healthy – Ride the Camel! Sometimes the simplest things work best. In Kundalini Yoga, perhaps the most fundamental posture or exercise is the seated spinal flex, sometimes called “Camel Ride” for its approximation of the natural movement that can occur when...
Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2020: Gongs Can Keep You Healthy

Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2020: Gongs Can Keep You Healthy

Gongs Can Keep You Healthy For those of us who have experienced the effects of a gong well-played, there is no doubt that the sound of the Gong promotes healing all on levels. Could there also be a connection between using the gong to not only heal past conditions but...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter April 2020: It’s Our Karma – Maybe

Astrology Yoga Newsletter April 2020: It’s Our Karma – Maybe

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: It’s Our Karma – Maybe, in Vedic Astrology It’s Our Karma – Maybe In my last astrology newsletter, the Vedic planet Rahu was designated as the harbinger of the current virus outbreak. Its current position is in...
Gong Yoga Newsletter March 2020: The Venus Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter March 2020: The Venus Gong

Venus Gong: The Divine Lover Venus, the planet of love and beauty, is the closest planet to Earth and plays an important role in all the mythologies and cultures of the world as both the morning star and evening star. It is the brightest object in the sky besides the...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter March 2020: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter March 2020: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO As a Kundalini Yoga student and teacher, you may have chanted this mantra hundreds of times. It was a link to teachers and teachings that came before us and will come after us, a Golden Chain of a lineage and legacy. The Piscean explanation of...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2020: Talking with Your Chakras

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter February 2020: Talking with Your Chakras

Talking with Your Chakras   In the practice of Kundalini Yoga, there is the understanding that creating a conscious relationship with others depends on which chakras you are using in your communication. Are you coming from your heart? Your intuition? Your gut?...
Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2020: Gong to the Rescue

Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2020: Gong to the Rescue

Gongs to the Rescue Perhaps the most common symptoms of spiritual malaise today are substance abuse and addictive behavior. Many researchers and therapists have recognized this connection between abusive addictions and spiritual disconnection, including psychiatrist...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2020: The Secret of Consciousness

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter January 2020: The Secret of Consciousness

The Secret of Consciousness In 1977, one of the first books to be published about Kundalini Yoga was “The Experience of Consciousness,” a small collection of lectures and meditations by Yogi Bhajan. The book is almost impossible to find today, yet it explains the...
Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2020: The Perfect Gong for You

Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2020: The Perfect Gong for You

The Perfect Gong for You People always ask me what is the best Gong for them? There are the practical questions of course: the cost, the size, the manufacturer, and so on. Yet the real question to ask: Does the Gong match your vibration, your frequency? Every object...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter January 2020: Saturn Makes a (Big) Move

Astrology Yoga Newsletter January 2020: Saturn Makes a (Big) Move

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Saturn Makes a (Big) Move in Vedic Astrology Saturn Makes a (Big) Move This January 23rd, Saturn moves into the Vedic sign of Capricorn, and it affects us all in significant ways. Saturn, the slowest moving of the visible planets,...
Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2019: Gongs to the Rescue

Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2019: Gongs to the Rescue

Gongs to the Rescue! Many of us see the Gong as an instrument of transformation, meditation and deep relaxation. Yet one of the early uses of the Gong was for rituals, ceremonies, and for removing or defending against negative energies, such as acts of nature and what...
Gong Yoga Newsletter November 2019: Play the Gong, Heal the World

Gong Yoga Newsletter November 2019: Play the Gong, Heal the World

Play the GONG, Heal the World With Jupiter entering the sign of Sagittarius this month (see my current Astrology newsletter), opportunities abound for learning, teaching and travel to foreign lands for spiritual advancement. And this is especially true for gong lovers...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter November 2019: Feeling Fine with Jupiter

Astrology Yoga Newsletter November 2019: Feeling Fine with Jupiter

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Feeling Fine with Jupiter in Vedic Astrology Feeling Fine with Jupiter  Jupiter is regarded as a positive influence in most people’s lives, and that is especially true this month as it enters it’s the Vedic sign of...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter October 2019: An Adventure in Consciousness

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter October 2019: An Adventure in Consciousness

Kundalini Yoga: An Adventure in Consciousness When I first began practicing yoga in 1967, I found a book called Be Young with Yoga. Since I was only 17 at the time, I was actually more intrigued by the book’s pictures of women in leotards than with staying young. But...
Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2019: Too Many Gongs?

Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2019: Too Many Gongs?

Too Many Gongs? Is it possible to have too many gongs in your life? Have you ever said during a gong relaxation where more than one gong was playing: “Stop! Stop! There are too many gongs! I can’t hear them all.” Can you have too many gongs of your own to play? Do you...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter October 2019: You Say It’s Your Birthday

Astrology Yoga Newsletter October 2019: You Say It’s Your Birthday

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Your Birthday in Vedic Astrology You Say It’s Your Birthday! The most important day of your life is the day your soul chooses to come into embodiment. In other words, your birthday. On this day, the planets and stars are in a...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2019: The Master of Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter September 2019: The Master of Kundalini Yoga

The Master of Kundalini Yoga Yogi Bhajan is often called the “Master of Kundalini Yoga,” a title that was given to him at the age of 16 by his teacher, Sant Hazara Singh. The title of “Master” is often used to describe someone who has expertise in a particular area or...
Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2019: The Sound of Earth

Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2019: The Sound of Earth

The Sound of Earth  “It has dimples!” she said as she looked at my gong. The Earth Sound Creation Gongs certainly look different from any other gong. They are distinguished by a pattern of small nipple protrusions all over the front of the gong, producing a seemingly...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter August 2019: Meditation to Know the Unknown

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter August 2019: Meditation to Know the Unknown

Meditation to Know the Unknown This month I completed my favorite 2 ½ hour meditation for what I believe to be the 36th time: Kirtan Kriya or the Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation. Yogi Bhajan called this meditation the way to “experience your own infinity … to know the...
Gong Yoga Newsletter August 2019: Magical Moon Gongs

Gong Yoga Newsletter August 2019: Magical Moon Gongs

Magical Moon Gongs Of all the planetary gongs played by yogis, sound healers, and therapists, the Moon Gongs may be most divinely human of them all. Even more the Sun, and especially in non-Western cultures, it is the Moon of all the heavenly bodies that has had the...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter August 2019: Where’s Your Passion?

Astrology Yoga Newsletter August 2019: Where’s Your Passion?

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Where’s Your Passion in Vedic Astrology? Where’s Your Passion? When lovers meet and the fires burn bright, passion rules the day. But the question is: what is that passion? Is it a physical passion? An intense interlocking of...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter July 2019: Are You Kundalini Curious?

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter July 2019: Are You Kundalini Curious?

Are You Kundalini Curious?   When my wife and I owned five yoga centers years ago, we offered all types of yoga. Of course Kundalini Yoga was our “favorite” and our personal practice, and we needed to come up with some answers for the students who came to our centers...
Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2019: True Gong Love: 5 Countries, 3 Weeks

Gong Yoga Newsletter July 2019: True Gong Love: 5 Countries, 3 Weeks

True Gong Love: 5 Countries, 3 Weeks I am writing this on the day after completing a 21-day Gong Training tour of Europe with my wife.  We met the most amazing gong friends, students and gong makers in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and England. It was a whirlwind...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter July 2019: Emotion to Devotion

Astrology Yoga Newsletter July 2019: Emotion to Devotion

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: From Emotion to Devotion in Vedic Astrology Emotion to Devotion My teacher Yogi Bhajan once said, “You have two choices with emotions. An emotion can either become devotion or commotion.” This is certainly true from July 22nd to...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter June 2019: What’s the Angle?

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter June 2019: What’s the Angle?

Kundalini Yoga: What’s the Angle? When I first began teaching Kundalini Yoga 45 years ago, I remember the teacher in my ashram told me, “Kundalini Yoga is the science of angles and triangles.” That sounded wise and mysterious. I liked science, being a one-time physics...
Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2019: Take This Gong Outside!

Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2019: Take This Gong Outside!

Take This Gong Outside! With the approach of Summer Solstice, I got the following email: “I was invited to a yoga festival to play the gong during relaxation. Any advice about playing the Gong outside?” First of all, playing the Gong outside is amazing. The ambient...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter June 2019: The Sun Made Me Do It

Astrology Yoga Newsletter June 2019: The Sun Made Me Do It

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: The Sun Made Me Do It in Vedic Astrology The Sun Made Me Do It Summer Solstice arrives June 21 in the Northern hemisphere at 10:54 AM US Central time with the Sun in the Vedic sign of Gemini. In Vedic astrology, the Sun enters...
Kundalini Yoga Newsletter May 2019: 40 Ways to Do 40 Days

Kundalini Yoga Newsletter May 2019: 40 Ways to Do 40 Days

40 Ways to Do 40 Days In almost every spiritual tradition, there is an understanding that a profound change in consciousness generally requires 40 days to accomplish. The story of Jesus Christ fasting in the wilderness for 40 days, the parable of the great flood for...
Gong Yoga Newsletter May 2019: A Small Gong is Good to Hold

Gong Yoga Newsletter May 2019: A Small Gong is Good to Hold

A Small Gong Is Good to Hold Many people start their gong playing career with a mid-size gong that can produce a wide range of sound. The 24” to 32” gongs are the friendliest to learn to play, not as hard to control as a small gong and easier to manipulate than a...
Astrology Yoga Newsletter May 2019: Talking About Your Spirituality

Astrology Yoga Newsletter May 2019: Talking About Your Spirituality

Welcome to Cosmic Vibes! THIS MONTH: Talking About Your Spirituality in Vedic Astrology Talking About Your Spirituality This month brings an 18-month focus into everyone’s life around understanding the proper balance between intellect and spirit.  Can you talk the...