The Kundalini Yoga class, is very simple and includes the chanting of a few mantras at the beginning and end of the session. The standard format of the session is about 40 minutes of exercises incorporating breathing, 15 minutes of deep relaxation and some meditation. Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is a comprehensive system and so some classes include discussions about life and spiritual philosophy.
“ONG NAMO GURUDEV NAMO”
This is a mantra to honour the Creation and tune into our inner guru. It brings the whole group to a common vibration as the class begins.
ONG – is used to express the universal vibration as it extends itself into the Creation.
NAMO – states that we have named the vibration and identify ourselves in relation to it.
GURU DEV – is the aspect of the transparent, invisible and all pervading guiding impulse in every BODY.
“AAD GURE NAMEH, JUGAAD GURE NAMEH, SAT GURE NAMEH, SRI GURUDEVE NAMEH”
This mantra develops the theme of the guru and declares the four stages of time through which the guru prevails; before the beginning, through the ages past, in the present and in the future.
“MAY THE LONG TIME SUN”
This song is sung just before the end of the class and speaks for itself.
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on
This is the closing mantra. This mantra means in the name of truth and confirms the integrity of the intention with which the yoga has been practiced. It can also be understood as true name, or identity and is an appropriate mantra for practicing silently during the class – hearing SAT while you inhale and NAM as you exhale. SA TA NA MA is an expression of the journey home as the sleeping and serpentine consciousness is brought awake from its innate infinite connection (SA) through the life of form (TA) across the daily chasm of death (NA) and into an enduring birth (MA)
ENHANCING YOUR EXPERIENCE
- Take a shower before, especially in the morning.
- Wear loose cotton clothing (white recommended) & head covering for meditation.
- Sit on something like a blanket, mat or sheepskin.
- Bring a shawl or blanket to cover yourself during relaxation and meditation.
- Drugs [including coffee, alcohol & tobacco] as well as a high protein (meat) diet go against the aims of yoga.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
- Be sure there is no medical reason why you should not do the yoga.
- Do not eat for 2 to 3 hrs before – its OK to drink herb tea or water.
- Elder people and those with high blood pressure are naturally advised to do all the exercises more slowly.
- When menstruating women should not do inverted postures, double leg lifting, strong breathing or anything that puts a strain on the abdomen.
- If you have any back problems let your teacher know and learn to adjust the exercises accordingly.
TIPS FOR MEDITATION
- Mantras are an important aid to meditation, cleansing the subconscious mind and releasing new resources of consciousness. The rhythmic breathing and alternative thought form of the mantras serve to interrupt our usual patterns and create opportunities for the intuition to function and have more influence, bringing clarity to our lives.
- Keep the spine straight and the chin in and back – straightening the neck
- Become conscious of the breath possibly linking it to a mantra
- Prepare by inhaling white light & clear energy, exhaling toxins and tensions
- Be aware of the hands – their position or movement – mudra
- Eyes – imagine a helpful but simple image; circle and dot, candle flame, cross, etc. – focus in and down to root of nose or third eye (between brows)
- Thoughts – don’t attach, suppress, run from or otherwise make thoughts important, just allow them
- Tongue – if not chanting press lightly to upper palate.