What is a Full Moon Gong Bath?
I participate in the Full Moon Gong Bath when possible. It is offered at One Yoga & Fitness in Clermont. What a wonderful experience it is. What’s a Full Moon Gong Bath you ask? Don’t worry, I didn’t know either, but just the name made me curious enough to explore what is involved. According to Rene Fishman, the full moon is a time of culmination and fruition, a time to let go and recharge. In other words, a time to release anything that holds us back and recalibrate. With all the chaos going on right now in the world, it seemed like a perfect time for me to engage in this relaxing ritual. There is never too much of connecting to our higher selves, therefore, I will partake in every opportunity available.
Tranquil Atmosphere Waiting
Entering the space is calming. Dimmed lights cast a low glow in the room, flowers beautifully placed in the center with a couple of candles around the flowers, a relaxing aroma of a burning candle, incense or sage, and a large gong at the rear of the room. We place our mats in a circle facing the center of the room. The music is soft and soothing. The temperature is adequate – not too cold nor too hot and a limited amount of like-minded people.
Stages of the Gong Bath
Jenny, the instructor, begins with a breathing technique called the Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. We continue this breathing technique for a few minutes with our eyes closed. Well, I had my eyes closed. I’m not sure that everyone did. I believe it was encouraged and it felt right too. The great thing about these practices is that if you fully emerge yourself into the experience, you forget you’re not alone therefore you enjoy it to the fullest.
Then we continue with a gentle yoga session to open the body. After a few minutes of yoga, we lay on our mats face up or however is most comfortable for us. It was up to us if we wanted to cover ourselves with a blanket or not. Then she begins to softly tap the gong. Vibration fills the space. It takes a few seconds to adjust and get into the feeling of an altered state of consciousness. The ritual is relaxing, rejuvenating. Some people fall asleep and it is okay. I do not fall asleep, but I let my mind go. I don't entertain any thoughts. They just came and go.
The gong sound fills the air. The vibration intertwines with our energy expanding and joining as one. I get the feeling of being engulfed in a beautiful universal light. Almost as if I was floating in the universe above the stars. It feels so good. I just want to stay there, but like everything, it has to come to an end.
All Good Things Come to an End
It feels so good that I did not bother to check the time it ends. The experience is perfect. I’m sure it contributes to the feeling of well-being I experience afterward. I thank Jenny and One Yoga & Fitness for such an amazing opportunity. The Full Moon Gong Bath is held monthly during the full moon week, either on a Friday or Sunday night. Please check their website under Special Events to see their schedule. During the month of February, it'll be held on Friday, February 18 at 7 pm. Therefore, if you are stressed out or simply have not experienced a Gong Bath I highly recommend you do. You won’t regret it. If I sparked your curiosity, you can check it out and sign up for it here.