Tuning In With Kundalini Yoga
If you’ve ever attended a Kundalini Yoga class you might be familiar with some of the following chants. I thought I’d take some time to explain why we chant them, what they mean, and how to go about it.
In the videos I also reference www.spiritvoyage.com which specialises in Kundalini Yoga music.
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About the Adi Mantra
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
This is the chant that helps anchor us into our Kundalini Yoga practice, and gives us our best learning experience.
Ong Namo -I bow to the subtle divine wisdom
Guru Dev Namo – I bow to the divine teacher within.
Yogi Bhajan taught this is ancient yogic mantra as a tool to relate instantly to the divine teacher within. Adi means primal or first. In Kundalini yoga, this is the first mantra that should be used for any yogic or meditative practice. It is used to tune in before Kundalini Yoga classes, to center us in the higher self, and to spiritually guide both the teacher and the students during the class.
About Mangala Charn Mantra
Aka. Heart Protection Mantra
Not always, but often after the Adi Mantra the tuning in might follow with a heart protection chant.
Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh
Source: Sukhmani Sahib (prayer of peace)
I bow to the Primal Wisdom.
I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages.
I bow to the True Wisdom.
I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom
This is a mantra of protection and is recited to invoke the protective energy of the universe. Yogi Bhajan taught that this mantra should always be chanted 3 times in a row. This mantra is chanted after tuning in to a class with the Adi Mantra.
Many people chant this mantra when they need extra protection. It is part of the “triple mantra”, and is often spoken before driving a car to create a protective energy around the those in the car.
When you cannot be protected, this mantra shall protect you. When things stop, and won’t move, this makes them move in your direction. – Yogi Bhajan
About Sat Nam
Similar to the use of ‘Namaste’ in other yoga traditions, this mantra is used for greetings, farewells, blessing meals, and ending a class.
Sat – Truth
Nam – Identity / Name
This mantra is probably the most widely used mantra in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Sat means truth—the reality of one’s existence. Naam means the identity. It is a bij (or seed) mantra. Within the seed is contained all the knowledge of the fully grown tree. The essence or seed is the identity of truth embodied in condensed form, Chanting this mantra awakens the soul and gives you your destiny. This mantra balances the five elements (tattvas).
About Projected Healing Meditation
May the longtime sun shine upon you – song
At the end of a Kundalini Yoga class you’re invited to join in to sing or chant these lyrics, and send blessings or loving kindness to someone in your life that might need some help or healing, or that you maybe would like to resolve a conflict with.
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on