Kundalini is an ancient technology which incorporates breathing, yoga postures, mantras, mudras and meditations. These five component are used in specific combinations or sequences called Kriyas. Kriyas enable the creative energy (Kundalini) to flow and circulate up the spine. Thru this process we bring together the body, mind and spirit in an integrated experience of the universal self.
A Typical Yoga Class
Each Kundalini Yoga class begins with the mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. This means, "I bow to the Creator, to the Divine Teacher within." Tuning in with this mantra sets and calms the mind. It also calls on the past Masters of Kundalini Yoga, as well as the present Master, Yogi Bhajan, for guidance and protection.
In each class we do a kriya, which is a combination of breathing, yoga exercise, mantra and meditation. Each kriya is done in a particular sequence to create a desired effect.
Mantra is the repetition of sound and rhythm that directs and controls the mind. "Man" means mind; "tra" means wave or movement of the mind.
Sat Nam is another mantra that we use in every Kundalini yoga class. It means "My true identity is infinity." "Sat" means essence or truth, while "Nam" means name or identity.
We finish each class with a song called "Long Time Sun." 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.
Long Time Sun
May the long time sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.