Everybody says Kundalini Yoga is dangerous. I agree it's very dangerous because it makes a person their pure self.
Then you are really not dependent on anybody. You know how beautiful it is to see somebody who is independent? Walking tall, carrying their God in their heart, dealing like a human: Sufficient, efficient, well mannered, well controlled, elegant, graceful. Do you have any idea how good that is?
Yogi Bhajan, 3/7/95
In Kundalini Yoga we use many Mantras. I have included some information on Mantras that are used most frequently.
A mantra is the creative projection of the mind. It is a sound vibration which changes or elevates the consciousness.
Sat means Truth, the ultimate, unchanging Universal Truth.
Nam means Name or Identity
In Kundalini Yoga practice we always chant three times at the beginning of a class
ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO
This mantra calls upon the Creator, the Divine Teacher within us all. It establishes a strong clear connection so that we may receive the highest guidance, inspiration and energy.
This chant protects and connects us with our higher selves. It also links us with the "Golden Chain" of teachers who brought Kundalini yoga to the world.
Another mantra that we chant thereafter three times is
AAD GURAY NAMEH
JUGAAD GURAY NAMEH
SAT GURAY NAMEH,
SIREE GUROO DAYV-AY NAMEH
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
This is a mantra which clears the clouds of doubt and opens us to guidance and protection. It surrounds the magnetic field with protective light.
CONCLUDING A KUNDALINI YOGA CLASS
Every Kundalini Yoga class ends with the blessing
MAY THE LONG TIME SUN
It is a positive affirmation bringing blessings to all.
"May the long time sun shine upon you,
all love surround you,
and the pure light within you, guide your way on.”
Then we chant 3 long Sat Nam's.
Saaaaaaaaaat is long and Nam is short.
EXPLANATION OF TERMS USED
BREATH OF FIRE
Breath of Fire is a rapid and powerful breath through the nose.
Sit up straight, keep your mouth closed and breathe rapidly through the nose. No more than sniffing. Inhalation and exhalation will be equal. Inhale and lift your chest and when you exhale pull in your navel. The breath is powered from the navel. When it is done correctly, it is an easy breath. The muscles dance in rhythm and you stay energized rather than becoming tired.
Breath of fire will not only increase lung capacity, it also:
Strengthens the nervous system
Purifies the bloodstream
Energizes, stimulates and awakens
If anyone is pregnant or in the first three days of your moon cycle you can choose to do long deep breathing instead of breath of fire.
MUL BANDH (ROOT LOCK)
This lock is the most frequently used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It closes off the three lower chakras and allows the Kundalini energy to rise.
Sit in easy pose. Inhale deeply, as deeply as you can, and exhale, still holding the chest high. With the breath out, simultaneously contract/squeeze the muscles of the rectum, the sex organ, and the navel point – pulling in and up on the navel. Inhale, relax the contraction, and exhale. Mul Bandh can be applied with breath held in or out.
I will instruct during a posture engage your nabhi. Your nabhi is a physical and energetic point located about one and a half inches below the belly button. To engage your nabhi pull your lower abdominals back towards your spine.
Engaging the nabhi helps protect your back and helps with correct alignment.
Correct alignment is extremely important. Whatever is touching the ground in a pose we ground it down, we stretch our spine and engage Nabhi, keep our chin in. We use gravity to help us in our postures. When this is done correctly there is a weightlessness to the body so rather than fighting against gravity to hold a pose we use it to helps us.