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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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”...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2019: Creating the Sound of the Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2019: Creating the Sound of the Gong

THE SOUND OF THE GONG When we hear the gong for the first time, it challenges us to experience sound in a surprising and almost totally unique way. It is unlike any other musical instrument, both in how it behaves and how it interacts with the listener. All musical...
Gong Yoga Newsletter: March 2019 – The Sacred Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter: March 2019 – The Sacred Gong

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...
Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2019: Know Gong, No Pain

Gong Yoga Newsletter February 2019: Know Gong, No Pain

Know Gong, No Pain When I train people in Gong Therapy and sound healing, I always learn new ways the Gong is helping people in their healing journey. From diminishing addictive responses to enhancing glandular activity, the gong can play an important role as a...
Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2019: Gong from Another Planet

Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2019: Gong from Another Planet

The Gong From Another Planet Planetary Gongs, or gongs that are tuned based upon the orbital considerations of the planets, are very popular with people I teach. The planetary gongs are said to bring the various astrological attributed of the planets into our lives...
Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2018: The Mysterious Chakra Gongs

Gong Yoga Newsletter December 2018: The Mysterious Chakra Gongs

The Mysterious Chakra Gongs Yoga teachers and sound healers often work with the chakras, or energy centers, in their sessions and classes with students and clients. And of course the Gong is also often used in these healing environments as well. There are many ways to...
Gong Yoga Newsletter – November 2018: Gongs are Priceless

Gong Yoga Newsletter – November 2018: Gongs are Priceless

Gongs Are Priceless I train people all over the world how to play the gong. And by the end of first day of training, everyone wants to buy one. And then everyone finds out how much a nice gong can cost. The reality is that for a higher quality European made gong (the...
Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2018: The Chau Gong: Honorable Ancestor

Gong Yoga Newsletter October 2018: The Chau Gong: Honorable Ancestor

The Chau Gong: Honorable Ancestor The Gong that has the longest history of continuous use, as well as being the most prolific and popularly played, has its origin in the Han Dynasty of China (206 BC to 220 AD). This was the Golden Age of China, comparable to the...
Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2018: Sleeping with the GONG

Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2018: 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...
Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2018: Gong with the Wind, Roar like a Lion

Gong Yoga Newsletter June 2018: Gong with the Wind, Roar like a Lion

Gong with the Wind, Roar like a Lion The most common and widely available gong in the world sometimes gets no respect. I’m referring to what is popularly called a “wind gong” or perhaps more properly called a “Feng” and sometimes referred to as a Lion Gong. The wind...
Gong Yoga Newsletter May 2018: Gong Breath

Gong Yoga Newsletter May 2018: Gong Breath

Gong Breath Do you have gong breath? We hope so. Gong breath allows you to deeply experience the effects of the gong. Here’s how to get it: Breathe and Listen Gong relaxations are sometimes misnamed gong baths which imply that the listener should passively and simply...
Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2018: Go Gong Yourself

Gong Yoga Newsletter April 2018: Go Gong Yourself

Go Gong Yourself Warning: If you do not own a gong yet, you may soon. It is a wonderful thing to be gonged, to show up and relax and hear the sound of one or many beautiful gongs played for you. And truly it would be amazing to hear the gong every day and receive its...
Gong Yoga Newsletter March 2018: The Ultimate Gong

Gong Yoga Newsletter March 2018: The Ultimate Gong

The Ultimate Gong? Everyone who plays or listens to the Gong wants the best frequency, the purest sound, and the ultimate vibratory experience that the Gong can produce. Is there such a thing as the Ultimate Gong, a gong so perfectly designed that it does it all?...
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....
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...
Gong Yoga Newsletter: March 2019 – The Sacred 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...
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...
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 Yoga Newsletter December 2019: Gongs to the Rescue

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2016: Are You a Gong Head?

Gong Yoga Newsletter September 2016: Are You a Gong Head?

No doubt about it – the sound of the Gong is addictive. There used to be a time many years ago when I did not play the Gong at the end of every Kundalini Yoga class I taught. I thought it might be a good idea not to get everyone all strung out and dependent on a gong...

Gong Yoga Newsletter August 2016: Experience the Gong – Head’s Up!

Experience the Gong: Heads Up! How do you listen to the gong? Most people like to relax on their back with their feet facing the front of the room where the gong is played. And that’s fine. But you may be missing out on a new gong experience if that’s all you ever do....
Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2017: Generator of Universal Sound

Gong Yoga Newsletter January 2017: Generator of Universal Sound

When people get their first gong, they sometimes give it a special name because they can sense the higher entity that is present in the gong. One gong player named her new gong GUS – which was short for “Generator of Universal Sound.” In ancient cultures, gongs were...