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 “bathe” in the sound of the gong rather than actively participate in it.
For the full healing and transformational effects of the gong to occur, there should be a connection between the sound of the gong and the breath of the listener.
This is because the gong works by activating the movement of energy or what the yogis call prana through the body. While this movement occurs naturally from the sound regardless if the listener participates or not, the effects are multiplied if there is an alignment between the internal energy of the listener and the external energy produced by the gong.
This alignment can be achieved in several ways, through physical movement, hand positions (mudras), mantra, or perhaps most easily through breath.
As the gong is played, the listener should at least initially consciously connect to the flow of their breath. Breathing into and with the sound in an attitude of awareness and self-direction will allow the energy of the gong to align with the energy of the listener.
This is especially important when there may be resistance, anxiety, or discomfort when listening the gong as the playing becomes more transformational and confrontational as blocked energy is dissolved and released in the listener.
Reminding yourself (or your listeners) to consciously connect to their breathing when the gong is played allows for an active participation in the process of sound healing and transformation. Participants may choose to breathe into various areas of the body that need attention or use the inhale and/or exhale as a releasing mechanism as the sound of the gong shifts and changes.
While conscious breathing, or breath control (pranayama) does not need to be employed throughout a gong playing session, it is important to do it at these three times:
Before the Gong is Played
Breath awareness or simply taking three conscious breaths before the gong playing starts initiates the connection between the participant the sound of the gong.
When the Sound of the Gong Becomes Challenging
When the gong is played for healing and transformation, there may be a resistance from the listener to allow the sound to come in or to ride the wave of sound rather than fighting it. Simply taking a few consciously directed breaths during these times can aid in releasing the energetic or emotional blocks that are causing the discomfort.
When the Gong Has Stopped
At the end of a gong session, attention must be called back to the breath in order to integrate the changes that the sound of the gong has created, as well as to return to the body as sometimes physical disassociation can occur from the transformational playing of the gong.
Conscious breathing and beautiful gong playing can give you an amazing case of Gong Breath.