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.

And if you can make it, I’d love to share these with you in classes – check out my calendar for more info —>

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.

Language: Gurmukhi

Ong Namo -I bow to the subtle divine wisdom

Guru Dev Namo – I bow to the divine teacher within.

More Information:
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.

Complete Mantra:
Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh

Language: Gurmukhi
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

More Information:
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.

Complete Mantra:
Sat Nam

Language: Gurmukhi
Sat – Truth

Nam – Identity / Name

More Information:
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.

Complete Mantra:
May the long time sun shine upon you

All love surround you

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on