About Yi Ling
I grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Taiwan, learning Qi-Gong, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting and listening to Chinese opera since I was young. And I was always fascinated by Chinese gong and drum, never knowing I would become a gong player myself one day!
I spent more than a decade as a financial journalist before falling into the yoga world, first as a yogini, then in 2005, a certificated yoga teacher and a Kundalini yoga teacher after that. For many years I have been devoted to body work, asana, Pranayama and various forms of meditation practice and teachings. Also energy work, becoming a Reiki master and still sharing Qi-Gong practice.
It was my inner guide that brought me to gong playing. For me, playing the gong is not only about producing trans-harmonic sounds for people, through the sacred vibrations the gongs create I can also transmit blessings and positive energy to listeners and the wider world. Sharing the experience of "Being" and "Becoming the One" is my destiny.
Raised in a musical family on the outskirts of London, I took up drums and percussion in my teens and in my twenties went on to work with such luminaries as the mime artist Lindsay Kemp, the Velvet Underground's John Cale and punk star Toyah Wilcox.
I later ran an improvising electronic jazz combo and more recently began composing and recording music that incorporates the sound of nature, notably birdsong, along with material such as Shamanic poetry and Bhuddist chant.
I was drawn to the gong some years ago through a deepening interest in yoga and meditation and it has since become my main sphere of interest - my vocation. Meeting Don Conreaux - the world's foremost authority on the gong - was key. I have studied with him for more than ten years and through his teachings I have been inspired to develop practices such as The Lightning Path, a planet gong meditation based on the Tree of Life.
Interview with Gordon - Om Magazine