The Gong Newsletter

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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