London Gong Summer News

We are back now from a Summer of sunshine and festivals.  It has been a truly amazing one and looking like a very busy year ahead.

You can catch up with me at Arts Depot in Finchley on 12th September for another blissful gong bath, possibly the last gong bath in Finchley as I have a lovely new venue, slightly more central for October between Archway and Finsbury Park with great transport links and a car park!

Some interesting collaborations have included a corporate gong bath for 100 people with Ali where we had no less than 6 mostly large gongs! and festival gonging with Angie at Sun and Moon.

Just a few photos from our time at Sun and Moon Festival.  Although it was the first time we (Angie and I ) had facilitated a public gong bath together we worked together as if we had been doing so for many years and received incredible feedback.  We filled the room to maximum capacity even having to sadly turn some people away. We are planning to do it again! Take a look at the incredible feedback we received, even inspiring another sound healer to bring gong in to her work.

Sun and Moon Gong

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TGIF Gong Bath Friday in Finchley

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With great excitement I can announce that the Last Friday Night each month in Finchley is officially Gong Night and certainly the new Alternative and super healthy month end Friday Night Chill and release.  Imagine after a long week at the office to end your working week with a totally relaxing Gong Bath Meditation. An opportunity to let go of your stressful week, re-energise and refresh ready for a fabulous weekend. For now we will be offering a Sound Bath ( Gong Bath Meditation ) there on the LAST FRIDAY each month, starting on 29th April. Check our Calendar for What’s On.  This is in addition to our Week Starter Monday Gong Bath, usually the second Monday each Month. New dates and venues coming soon, something more central too. Please join our Mailing List to stay in the Loop!

Look forward to seeing you soon at the fabulous ArtsDepot is a fabulous venue and theatre in North Finchley, an award winning cultural hub for North London. Friday Gong will be in the Drama Space, and Monday’s our usual Creation Space.

Booking in Advance is always advisable as we can not guarantee availability on the night. Please visit our Calendar to select the date you wish to reserve,

 

 

Laughter Gong – a perfect blend of Laughter and Gong Meditation

London Gong are soon to launch Laughter Yoga and Laughter Gong 

As a Laughter Yoga Leader and Gong Meditation facilitator I can see my new Laughter Gong workshops being hugely beneficial for wellness and well-being days within corporate organisations and NHS therapeutic environments. A perfect blend of both Laughter and Gong Meditation.

My Journey

As someone who has suffered from STRESS in the workplace which even escalated to panic attacks, I have felt myself really drawn to working with holistic tools that help people de-stress.  We do live in some very stressful times and often within very stressful situations so finding ways to let go and de-stress is something that is very close to my heart. Laughter is the most recent addition to what I call my holistic toolbox and I first saw the power of this in a group setting a few years ago.

I run a social group which connects like-minded people. I had organised a picnic and a friend of mine, a laughter yoga leader offered a spontaneous laughter yoga session at the picnic. It was there that I witnessed the power of Laughter Yoga first hand. We had a group of around 15 people, all with different personalities, some more outgoing than others. I witnessed the group bonding almost instantly, the more shy and reserved people had popped out of their shy shells instantly which made for such an incredible afternoon and the laughter remained throughout.

Laughter Yoga at a picnic

Laughter Yoga at a picnic

 Some Benefits of Laughter

The benefits are massive and not to be underestimated.  Laughter is noted to have helped so many people of all ages in so many situations from health ailments, both physical, emotional and mental to corporate businesses, helping to boost general wellness, creativity, morale and work performance and attendance. Fantastic for group bonding and boosting work relationships to helping with personality conflict. Laughter has no boundaries.

Just some of the Benefits of Laughter Yoga

  1. Elevates Mood ~ Laughter Yoga can change your mood within minutes by releasing endorphins from your brain cells. This makes you feel good and if you are in a good mood you do everything well. It makes you cheerful all throughout the day.
  2. Health Benefits ~ Laughter Yoga reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. If your immune system is strong you will not fall sick easily and if you have chronic health conditions, it will help to heal faster. It can even help with Pain Relief.
  3. Business Benefits ~ Our brain needs 25 % more oxygen for optimal functioning. Laughter exercises can increase net supply of oxygen to our body and brain which helps to improve efficiency and performance. You will feel energetic and can work more than you normally do without getting tired.
  4. Social Connector ~ Quality of life depends upon quality of our friends and our relationships. Laughter is a great connector of people and brings lots of good friend with caring and sharing relationship.
  5. Laughing through Challenges ~ Anyone can laugh when times are good, but Laughter Yoga teaches people to laugh unconditionally so that they can laugh even when times are hard. It provides strength in adversity, a coping mechanism to help people keep a positive mental attitude regardless of circumstances.

In a nutshell Laughter yoga is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter along with breathing techniques that originate from Yoga.  We usually laugh for between 3-5 seconds, in a laughter yoga  session we will laugh for between 10-15 minutes, of deep belly laughter. This is the type of laughter that gives us all the health benefits and the benefits will remain with us for a good 24 hours after the session! The body reacts in the same way whether the laughter is forced or natural, releasing the endorphins (happy hormones). It is these endorphins that kick in and fight stress, boost our immune system and make us feel good in so many ways. Laughter yoga is experienced in groups, with eye contact, yogic breathing and playfulness between participants,

Laughter Gong is a blend of these two therapeutic practices, Gong Meditation  and Laughter Yoga Exercises.

There are many similarities to the benefits of prolonged Laughter and Gong Meditation as they are both excellent at boosting general wellness and reducing stress and anxiety. This is one of the main reasons that I am so keen to offer Laughter Gong workshops. If you then add to the mix the Healing benefits of Gong and other Sounds you end up with something really very special.

Launching soon, Laughter Gong Workshops. Bringing together two of the most powerful stress busting and wellness tools that I personally have encountered.  I am excited to see the benefits of these two powerful wellness tools which will be perfectly blended  to work together in helping to create balance and harmony to those who participate.

A typical Laughter Gong workshop will be a two hour session which will include, group bonding, rib tickling, deep belly laughter and relaxing sonic sound waves from Gong and other therapeutic instruments. Please click to contact me if you wish to book a workshop for your group or business.

Suitable for Private Groups, Corporate Well-being & Wellness Days  and NHS Wellness Days.

  • 1 Hour Gong Bath Meditation
  • 1 Hour Laughter Yoga
  • 2 Hour Laughter Gong Workshop

For more information please visit our website for Laughter Yoga Wellness workshops in London and the United Kingdom http://wellnessworkshops.londongong.co.uk/

Laughter Yoga can help you Feel Better, Work Better and Work Smarter

Gong Meditation – A new experience for the elderly

It has been a massively interesting week of Gonging and also a brand new experience for me.

I had an opportunity to introduce gong at a sheltered housing complex for elderly and disabled people. The group were between the ages of 80 and 91.

There is no doubt that there is something extra special about witnessing new people experience gong for the first time. It was awesome to see an elderly man, an MS sufferer who had never ever meditated or been in to anything remotely spiritual before but this guy, he just got it ! He said that he struggled to settle in for the first 5 minutes or so and then when he LET GO (his exact words) that was it for him. He could not believe that he drifted off to a space he had never been to before. I mean this man just loved it , he got it big time. Just goes to show that when we Let Go, magic happens.

Later in the week  I was part of a surprise 40th birthday gift of a gong bath. How lucky am I, I just love surprises and to be part of the surprise was awesome. Loved it and I now have a repeat booking for their friends.

I feel so truly blessed to do what I do and what I love.

London Gong at Sun and Moon Festival August 2016

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Hot off the Press News

As I am sat here on a cold winters night having received our first snowfall here in London, I am dreaming of the long warm sunny Festival season :-)

Really so very excited to have just confirmed that I will be at the fabulous Sun and Moon Festival in August.

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A super Family  Wellbeing Festival 14th – 21st August at Plumpton College near Brighton. Perfect for those of you who are not good campers as you can book accommodation.

Here is the link to the main website http://www.sunandmoonfestival.com/

Here is a link to the booking form with a £5 discount off adult 7 day entrance. http://sunandmoonfestival.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=16

This was a brand new festival last year and several of my friends rated it as one of their favourite alternative festivals in 2015.

I will be offering group gong baths. If you are at the Festie, please pop over and say Hi, or better still come along to one of our group Gong Baths.

If you would really like to treat yourself whilst you are there, I will be taking bookings for individual sessions.

Please get in touch if you would like further information on booking a private treatment at Sun and Moon.  http://www.londongong.co.uk/event/sun-and-moon-festival/

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Musical instruments and the sound bath

My collection of gongs and other wonderful instruments is growing all the time. I keep discovering new and wonderful instruments that I would like to add to the beautiful sound layers within the sound bath. I love how creative I can be. There really are no rules, it is wonderful to play and experiment and provides such a freedom.

Next week I am attending a workshop on making a stringed instrument from scrap materials. So very excited about this. It will be so cool to make my own instrument. It will be a 3 stringed instrument and I will add a photo and perhaps a soundclip to my blog later assuming I am proud of my work! I am hoping that I can eventually make my own drone type instrument with what I learn. Perhaps I am being over ambitious but we shall see. I do love a challenge.

Loving the sounds of the Tanpura (or tambura, tanpuri). It is a long-necked plucked string instrument found in various forms in Indian music. It does not play melody but rather supports and sustains the melody of another instrument or singer by providing a continuous harmonic bourdon or drone. It can have 4 or 5 stings, occasionally 6 and is wonderful for meditation and very like the gong can easily take you to a deep metitational state. Tanpura are various sizes, often known as male or female, the female being the smaller of the two. They compliment one another perfectly and provide a great addition to the sound bath.