MEHTAB BENTON

Master of the Gong, teacher, therapist, and author

Gong Training: 24-25 June and 8-9 July

More than simply a musical instrument, the gong is an agent of transformation. When the gong is played, the body, mind, and spirit change.
— Mehtab Benton
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Gong is the sound that projects you out of your realm to the Infinity.
— Yogi Bhajan

Join us for Gong, Yoga and Healing! Learn and have fun with Mehtab Benton (USA), author and originator of Gong Yoga. Become a gong player, advance your gong playing skills and become a certified Gong Therapist! Three specialty trainings. Join us for one, two, or all three.

How to Play the Gong

Saturday-Sunday, 24-25 June – 12-6:30PM

A complete course in How to Play the Gong, from the beginning level to intermediate playing techniques. In this training, you will learn how to play the gong and explore its uses in meditation, therapy, and relaxation.  Everyone will have an opportunity to play the gong and experience first-hand the techniques discussed in class.

You will learn:

  • Techniques for single and combination mallet strikes
  • The effects of playing different areas and percussion points of the gong
  • How to create a full experience of sound with rhythm, volume, and playing patterns
  • How to build playing sequences to create a gong session
  • How to select and take care of your gong
  • The role of intuition and meditation in gong playing
  • The use of the gong in yoga and healing

This class is excellent for teachers wanting to integrate the gong into their classes or anyone interested in learning more about this powerful and transformational instrument. No previous musical training or experience with the gong is required to take this workshop. It is open to everyone.

Upon completion of this 12-hour course, you will receive a certification of completion that demonstrates you have the necessary skills to play the gong in yoga classes and healing practices.

Loyola Hall • Heythrop College • Kensington Square• London W8 5HN

£125 early registration, £140 after 31 May

Book all three trainings for £300 by 31 May, £350 after 

 

How to Use the Gong for Kundalini Classes

Saturday-Sunday, 24-25 June – 9AM-11AM

An introductory course for teachers and students to use the gong effectively in Kundalini Yoga classes and workshops. In addition to understanding how Yogi Bhajan used the gongs throughout his teachings, you will learn how to:

  • Play the gong for commonly practiced Kundalini exercises such as Sat Kriya and Stretch Pose
  • Use the gong with Breath of Fire pranayama techniques
  • Incorporate the gong with mantras and sacred sound
  • Enhance Kundalini meditations through the use of the Gong

Prior gong playing experience is recommended (equivalent to the How To Play the Gong course), as well as experience in either practicing or teaching yoga. Students may also take this course concurrently with the How to Play the Gong course.

Loyola Hall • Heythrop College • Kensington Square • London W8 5HN

£50 early registration, £55 after 31 May

Book all three trainings for £300 by 31 May, £350 after 

Gong Therapy Training

Saturday-Sunday, 8-9 July – 9AM-6:30PM

The Gong Therapy training is a certification course in using the gong and the practices of yoga to create a therapeutic environment and transformational experience for physical, mental and spiritual excellence. The training is suitable for sound healers, yoga teachers, gong players, and therapists from all backgrounds, and will give you the tools and information to conduct one-on-one private sessions for individual clients as well as suggestions for using the gong as a therapeutic instrument in a group setting.

This course will teach you:

  • The basis of sound healing and yoga therapy
  • How to structure a gong therapy session
  • How to play the gong therapeutically
  • How to prepare the gong therapy environment
  • The methods of client assessment and development of a therapy session
  • The considerations for selecting and using gongs
  • How to use mudras, mantras, and postures therapeutically
  • The fundamentals of guided meditation and relaxation for gong therapy
  • The guidelines for group gong therapy
  • Considerations of using gong therapy with other healing modalities
  • The future of gong therapy as a profession

Graduates of this training receive a certificate of completion in Gong Therapy.

Prior experience with the gong is required, such as the How To Play The Gong workshop or similar trainings.

Loyola Hall • Heythrop College • Kensington Square • London W8 5HN

£160 early registration, £180 after 31 May

Book all three trainings for £300 by 31 May, £350 after 

Gong Concert: Full Moon Meditation and Deep Relaxation

Saturday 8 July – 8-9:30PM

Basque in the energy of the full moon and relax to the sound of many gongs played in concert together. The evening begins with some gentle Kundalini Yoga to help the body relax, release and open up to the healing sounds of the gong. We will practice a special Kundalini Meditation that Yogi Bhajan specified to only do on the full moon. The evening will end with a revitalizing soundscape of gongs played by Mehtab and a few friends.

The time of the full moon is powerful for meditation. It is easier to go to a deeper state which can help clear subconscious blocks. Add the primal resonance of the gongs and you have a recipe for deep healing, relaxation and transformation. 

JOY Pop Up Shop will be open 6:30-8:00pm. Books, music, fairtrade white cotton leggings, Guru Dev's Yogic Remedies, and beautiful malas and devotional jewelry by our friends at Sohavi.

Loyola Hall • Heythrop College • Kensington Square • London W8 5HN

£15 preregistered, £20 on the day

If you have any questions about these trainings, please email: info@joy.yoga

 

About Mehtab

Mehtab Benton is originator of Gong Yoga™ and author of Gong Yoga: Healing and Enlightenment through Sound, published in six international editions and translations. His book Teaching Gong Yoga is the first book on using yoga practices with the gong, and his DVD course How To Play the Gong is a best-selling video for beginning and intermediate players. His latest book, Gong Therapy, has been used in courses around the world by yoga teachers, sound healers, and therapists.

A practitioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga for over 40 years who studied with the Yogi Bhajan, the master of Kundalini Yoga. Mehtab has trained hundreds of teachers as a Lead Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer throughout the United States. He is a certified Vedic Astrologer, a mentor in the American College of Vedic Astrology, and author of Astrology Yoga, the first comprehensive book on using the science of Jyotish in the practice and teaching of yoga. Mehtab has an educational background in psychology and yoga therapy and is the author of 15 books. A long-time resident of Austin, Texas “The Music Capitol of the World,” Mehtab has lectured on the Gong in the University of Texas Master Teacher series and has taught Yoga of Sound classes since 1998.

Slideshow from 2016 Gong Classes and Workshops with Mehtab