In and around Berkhamsted I am known as ‘the gong lady’ as my gong workshops increase in popularity. But what is the gong? What does it mean to relax to the gong? Have you heard the term gong relaxation or gong bath and wondered what it means?
The gong is an ancient instrument of healing and transformation. Multiple tones and overtones build as it is played, creating layers of sounds which can be directly felt by those experiencing it. Students often tell me they can physically feel the sound current of the gong through their body.
Physically, the gong releases tension and blocks in the body and stimulates the glandular, nervous and circulation system. It also increase our prana, our life force.
Mentally and emotionally it helps to quieten the mind. The gong is said to cut through the ego, leaving a person to be their authentic self. It can help us to come into our neutral, meditative mind.
It’s essential to experience a period of relaxation before listening to the gong – so that the body, mind and heart are open to the transformative experience. This can be done by listening to singing bowls, or just having a talk through relaxation of the whole body. This then allows the gong to shatter the ego rather than be confronted by it – and bring us down to our essential self, our true selves.
After listening to gong, there is a short a period of silent relaxation to give the recipients time to integrate and stay present to the effects.
I hope this inspires you to try a gong bath sometime and experience the benefits
Raeeka (Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher at BAYoga)
P.S. Want to give it a try? Sign up for Raeeka’s next gong relaxation