September 2017 – The Octagong

Welcome to our first newsletter for Gong Players and students of my on-line course, Gong Dharma. Please forward this to other gong friends and let’s build a community of gong players and teachers around the world!

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 paradigms due to its flattened corners and I must agree with her (because I am a smart man!).

Martin joked when I asked why he made an eight-sided Gong with flat edges. “Some people say that the earth is flat and gongs are round. I say the earth is round and some gongs can be flat.”  Well, the translation may have been a little rough, but I was happy to get my flat edge gong – the Octagong!

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.