Kundalini Yoga is best experienced when practised in a group setting under the guidance of a qualified teacher. The group energy increases the effectiveness of the practise and the unified experience of the group consciousness can only be experienced with others.
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A typical class will last between 60 & 90 minutes. Most classes will follow a common structure (workshops may differ):
A Kundalini Yoga class will begin with chanting the mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo three times. This mantra means, “I bow to the Creator, to the Divine Teacher within.” Tuning in with this mantra sets and calms the mind. It also connects us to the ‘Golden Chain’ the energy lineage of kundalini yoga for guidance during the session.
Following this the teacher may also chant the mantra Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh three times. This a a common Kundalini Yoga mantra used for protection. It means “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”.
In each class we do a kriya, which means ‘completed set’. This is most commonly a combination of pranayama (breathing), asana (yoga posture & exercise) and mantra (chanting). Each kriya is done in a particular sequence and for a specific amount of time to create a desired effect.
After the kriya there is a period of deep relaxation in savasana or corpse pose (pictured above). This posture allows the body and mind to relax completely and gives space for rejuvenation of spirit.
In a typical class following the relaxation there will be a meditation. In kundalini yoga there a literally thousands of meditations taught by the Master, Yogi Bhajan. These vary in length but may be as short as 3 minutes or last as long as 62 minutes. Meditations vary in form using various mantras and mudras (hand/arm positions).
Closing & Tuning Out
We finish each class by singing a song called Long Time Sun and then chanting the manta Sat Nam three times.
May the long time sun shine upon you, All love surround you, And the pure light within you, Guide your way on.
This song of blessing helps to ground you, to integrate the benefits of the yoga, and to prepare you to resume the activities of everyday life.
Sat Nam is a very common mantra used in kundalini yoga. It means “My true identity is infinity.” “Sat” means essence or truth, while “Nam” means name or identity.