The use of the gong in yoga and meditation can be linked back in time to Northern India where it was played by Kundalini Yoga masters to awaken the intuitive faculties and create a transcendent state of being. While the gong is still intimately associated with Kundalini Yoga in the west, it is essentially the instrument of Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound that underlies all yoga practices and traditions. Jenny O. even uses the gong during Hatha practices.
Gong Yoga is a perfect union of intentional consciousness and applied sound. The sound of the gong creates a state of spontaneous meditation and therapeutic relaxation. It moves prana (vital life force) through the body for healing to awaken the consciousness for transformation.
Singing Bowls were brought to Tibet from India along with the teachings of the Buddha. Most people use these bowls for Buddhist spiritual meditation or for sound therapy. Bowls are commonly used in Restorative yoga classes or during yoga nidra to keep the practitioner connected to the practice and find a place of surrender. Chakras can be balanced using the sound of the bowls as well.