The Art of the Gong

with Angad Singh

Gong Practitioner Training for
Kundalini Yoga Teachers.

Begin your journey to becoming a Gong Master!

This 40-hour Gong Practitioner Training is aimed at Kundalini Yoga Teachers.

You will learn everything you need to know in order to buy & maintain a gong and begin your own practice of playing the gong.

At the end of the course, you will have gained the necessary skills to play the gong in a yoga class and to run a gong bath for members of the public. You will have received personal feedback and guidance for personal development.

If you are a complete beginner or have some limited experience of playing the gong, this course is for you.

Places are strictly limited to 12 participants to ensure time for individual questions and feedback on your gong technique.

Participants who complete all the course elements will receive a certificate of completion of the training.

Training Topics:

  • History of the Gong
  • Types of Gong & Accessories
  • Birthing a Gong (how they are made)
  • Science & Philosophy of the Gong
  • Playing the Gong
    • Tuning-In
    • Attitude & Holding the Gong Space
    • Techniques / Patterns / Sequences of Play
    • Intention
    • Use of Mantra
  • The Gong and the Chakras
  • The Gong and the Meridians
  • Use of the Gong in a Yoga Class
  • How to run a Gong Bath
  • 1-2-1 Gong Sessions
  • Care for your Gong
  • Developing Your Personal Gong Practice
  • Experience Gong Bath Sessions
  • Kundalini Yoga Meditations & Yoga
  • All participants will have the opportunity to play the gong and receive individual feedback

Training Dates and Venues

UK | Newcastle upon Tyne

Format: 2 weekends (non-residential) plus webinar

Dates: April 27/28 & July 20/21 (plus Webinar March 3)

Venue: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Cottenham Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 5QU

Investment: £300 for the course (2 weekends & webinar)

Registration: FULLY BOOKED! If you would like to be put on the waiting list or hear about future UK dates, please email angad@kundalinirising.org for more information.

Germany | Yogahaus Prasaad, Engen

Format: 5-day Residential Immersion

Dates: August 22-26 (arrival evening 21st)

Venue: Yogahaus Prasaad, Almenstraße 11, 78234 Engen, Germany

Investment: €750 (including food and accommodation)

Registration: Please email info@cherdikala.eu

FAQ

Do I need a Gong to participate?

If you wish to master the gong, owning your own gong is essential. Mastery of the gong required many hours of practice to hone your playing technique, to gain a deep understanding of holding the gong space and for your own purification/spiritual development.

For courses spread over 2 weekends, it is expected that you will have a gong to practice between weekends and that you will bring your own gong, mallet and stand to the second weekend of the training. For the first weekend, it is best to bring a gong if you already own one.

For 5 day residential courses, it would be best if you bring your own gong, mallet and stand. If this is not possible, please get in touch to discuss the possibilities.

What Gong Should I Buy?

This is one of the most common questions I am asked.

The course includes information about all of the types of gongs available, which will help inform future choices. I will also answer any specific questions you may have.

Obviously, it would be best to have a gong for the training, so I recommend to begin your journey of gong mastery, buying a western Symphonic Gong (or Tam Tam) rather than a tuned gong (Planetary Gong or Sound Creation Gong). This allows you to develop your playing skills without the limitations of a tuned gong.

Experience suggests that a 32” (81cm) gong is the optimal size for a beginner and offers the best value in terms of sound quality/presence & ease of playing vs. the cost of purchase. If you have space and won’t be moving it too often, I would recommend a 36” symphonic gong. If space and budget are limited smaller symphonic gongs (28”/24”) can be used.

There are many brands out there. Highly recommended manufacturers include Paiste, Meinl, Broder Oetken (who also makes gongs for Meinl and Oli Hess) & Tone of Life.

I personally recommend Oetken Gongs due to the quality and care with which they are made.

I have commissioned Broder Oetken to make gongs for students that wish to order them and arranged a lifetime discount for Oetken Gongs for all participants of the training.

From time to time I arrange visits to Oetken Gong’s factory for people to see gongs being made, to play the selection of gongs at the factory and choose their own gong. If you are interested please see the Factory Visit page for more information.

Do I need to be a Kundalini Yoga Teacher to Participate?

No, whilst this course is aimed at Kundalini Yoga Teachers, you do not need to be a teacher to participate.

During the training, we will practice yoga kriyas and meditations from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and there will be a focus on the use of the gong in a yoga class.

We will cover running a gong bath and the basics of 1-2-1 sound healing, in-depth work in this area will be covered in an advanced follow-on course.