Imagine lying in a dark room, meditating for nearly an hour. There’s a percussionist playing on a series of gongs. This is gong bath yoga and it’s a big hit at one Buffalo yoga studio.
“Being immersed in it has this really far out experience over people and you feel as if you're floating away. And it's very peaceful and you find a way to get back to your authentic self,” said Megan Callahan, the director and owner of Yoga Parkside in Buffalo.
Callahan says, the twice monthly Gong Bath Yoga session always sells out and she knows why.
“Within a couple of minutes all of the stress of having shuffled everybody in and trying to work out all the meetings I had before. It was completely gone,” said Callahan.
The gongs are performed by Liz Holland. It’s a part of her Ancient Alloys project. Everything she plays is improvised.
“You hear a gong and it's just this overwhelming sense of all these frequencies and sound waves coming at you and so basically I take advantage of that,” said Holland.