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How to Tune In and Tune Out of Kundalini Yoga


Kundalini Yoga uses chants and song to set the energetic vibration for the class. The science and technology of a mantra uses sound as a form of energy. We can project energy, meaning and healing through sound.


The mantras are in Gurmukhi, which is the language of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib (completed in 1604). Traditions and technologies from the Sikh religion are used in Kundalini Yoga, like the mantras and head covering, to name a few.


There are 3 mantras and songs you will hear in a Kundalini yoga classes each time to “tune in” and “tune out” before and after class:


We start out every class with the Adi Mantra chanted 3 times. We “tune in” with this mental projection using sound to centre within the higher self and spiritually guide the teacher and the student. "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo" meaning: ”I bow to the subtle divine wisdom, the divine teacher within. Watch Ajeet Kaur perform "Ong Namo" and sing along!


The Mangal Charran Mantra is often chanted second, after the Adi Mantra in a Kundalini Yoga class. The worlds, “Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guroo Davv-ay nameh” translates to: “I bow to the primal wisdom, I bow to the wisdom true through the ages, I bow to the true wisdom, I bow to the great unseen wisdom.”


As you chant, imagine your magnetic field sounded with protective light and the clouds of doubt are cleared away. This mantra can also be used for protection during the day or before traveling. Listen to Jai Jagdeesh perform Aad Guray Nameh at Sat Nam Fest

It is a tradition that a Kundalini Yoga class ends with the song Long Time Sun song.

“May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide your way on.”


These beautiful words are followed by chanting a short “Sat” and long “Nam”. Sat Nam means, “My Identity is truth/I am Truth.”


Sing along with Snatam Kaur’s version of Long Time Sun


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