There is nothing like chanting with other people to connect you with the group energy. It adds to the wonderful, soul-enriching experience of practicing Kundalini Yoga.

Chanting is not singing, and what is important is the resonance or vibration of the sound within your own body. There is a whole body of science behind the practice of chanting mantra, which relates to the movement of the tongue on meridian points in the roof of the mouth, which are in turn connected with the hypothalamus in the brain. The hypothalamus is the centre of information of the mind-body system, and directs impulses and feelings. Chanting mantra therefore has a direct impact on our emotions and even our immune system.

If you are new to Kundalini Yoga, just listen to the mantra first, absorbing the energy, and join in when you feel ready.

Here are the words and meanings of the mantras we use regularly in classes:

The Adi Mantra

We start our practice by chanting Adi Mantra three times:

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

This means: “I bow to the subtle divine wisdom, the divine teacher within”

This mantra connects us to the Golden Chain of Teachers who have gone before us. It is the inner spark of kundalini that has been passed down from person to person, from teacher to student, from guru to teacher and from the cosmos to guru. It allows us to tune in to all the wisdom and guidance of Yogi Bhajan, who brought these teachings to the West, and all the Teachers before him. It reminds us of the divine wisdom of the Teacher inside us all.

Click here to hear how the Adi Mantra is chanted: Adi Mantra

Or check out this You Tube version: Adi Mantra YouTube

The Mangala Charan Mantra

We also chant this mantra for protection three times:

Aad Guray Nameh

Jugaad Guray Nameh

Sat Guray Nameh

Siree Guroo Deyv-ay Nameh

This means:

I bow to the primal wisdom

I bow to the primal wisdom true through the ages

I bow to the true wisdom

I bow to the great unseen wisdom

Click here to hear how this mantra sounds: Ad Guray Nameh

The Long-Time Sun Song

At the end of the class, we tune out with the beautiful Long-time Sun Song, an old Irish blessing that Yogi Bhajan decided would be a fitting way to end a kundalini practice:

May the long-time sun shine upon you

All love surround you

And the pure light within you

Guide your way on

followed by three long Sat Nams (“Truth is my identity”)

Click here for a YouTube version:  Long-Time Sun Song

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