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 relaxation. So every now and then I would play some music and mantra and chill instead.

And then I noticed people were twitching, peeking at me during relaxation to see if I might pick up a mallet and then giving me a thumbs up when I turned the music off and struck the gong.

“Man, I am just so only here for the gong,” a rather aromatic student told me one night after my yoga class. But I took his comment well, because after all sometimes I am only here for the gong too.

What is it about the gong that makes people want more and more?

The obvious reason is that the sound of the gong produces a spontaneous state of meditation and integration that only requires you to relax and listen.

The healing power of this spontaneous state of meditation became clear to me when I began to explore using the Gong therapeutically for individual students.

By using the basic techniques of yoga (mudras, guided meditation, postures and breath) with the sound of one or more gongs positioned in close proximity to an individual client, profound healing began to occur.

Over the years, I noticed what techniques were effective and how to create a personalized gong therapy session to address specific health conditions and life challenges. From these experiences, I wrote my latest book, Gong Therapy: Sound Healing and Yoga that I have used internationally in gong therapy training courses.

My next Gong Therapy training is this November in beautiful Austin, Texas, the home of many happy Gong Heads. Grab a mallet and come on in!

Mehtab has been playing the gong since 1974 and has trained yoga teachers, therapists and musicians around the world in the art of playing the gong. He is the originator and author of Gong Yoga, the first book on using the gong in the practice of yoga and has since written two additional books on the gong; Teaching Gong Yoga: Theory and Practice and Gong Therapy: Sound Healing & Yoga. Mehtab has taught Kundalini Yoga since 1974 and has trained hundreds of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga teachers. He was a featured instructor in the University of Texas Master Class series where he played the gong and lectured on the practice of yoga. A certified Vedic Astrologer and trainer, Mehtab also offers astrology readings for clients to help them in their selection of Planetary Gongs.