5 simple steps to get your gong on
In these challenging and uncertain times we would all benefit from some R&R. We’re thrilled to be hosting our sound bath facilitator Amanda Denton for an online gong therapy workshop at 7pm on 27th November. Whether you’re totally new to sound bath (don’t worry, you won’t get wet) or a gong aficionado, you’re probably wondering how the experience will translate to lockdown life.
We all know how wonderful it is live, but how can we recreate that magic at home? Here’s Amanda with some more info + handy tips…
- I’m a first-timer. What exactly is a gong bath and what are its benefits?
Every part of your body has its own natural frequency it vibrates at, this frequency can be thrown off balance by stress, illness and other factors. The sound of the gong creates a vibration which activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to calm down and soothe the over stimulated sympathetic nervous system. The functional harmony created by the Gong brings about an inner stillness where deep healing can occur.
- What do I need to do?
Precisely nothing, basically! Simply pop on your headphones, lie back on your mat (or even your bed) and enjoy. You’ll be guided to drop into the weight of your bones and find the rhythm of your natural breath, feel the support of the earth beneath you, and completely let go.
- Will it ‘work’ online?
We need to be able to share these powerful therapies, so I have invested in some top of the range equipment and consultation from a sound engineer – it’s taken some time to get my head around the tech but I have been fine-tuning it over the past few months. I want to make this healing process accessible – it’s something that myself and Leo Cosendai who I have trained with extensively, are very passionate about.
- What can I do to get maximum benefit?
To experience this gong bath via livestream, headphones are essential. If you have over-the-head ones – Bluetooth ones are even better as they allow you to get away from your screen – for a fully immersive experience. If you really want to feel the vibrations, a Bose bluetooth speaker would help, but we don’t all have those!
Also, get cosy. It’s an hour of stillness, so you want to be as comfortable as you can be to not be distracted and benefit as much as possible. Wear something comfortable, grab a mat (or your bed / sofa), a couple of blankets, cushions, eye pillow or mask – get yourself and your space set up and ready to enjoy the practice.
- When it is and where do I sign up?
It’s at 7-8pm on Friday 27 November. You can sign up here! It’s just £12 for the hour.
In addition to Gong Bath, Amanda Denton teaches weekly Dynamic Flow and Yogasana classes for Yogarise in Covent Garden, Streatham and also Online – you can book a class with Amanda here and read more about her here.