Kundalini Yoga is known as the Yoga of Awareness.
In Kundalini Yoga we start by tuning in. We tune in using Mantra, the specific mantra we use to tune in is the Adi Mantra. We often will also chant the Mangala Charn Mantra after the Adi Mantra.
The mantras used in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan are usually in the sacred ancient Indian language of Gurmukhi or in English. The mantras we chant hold the vibration of peace, love, prosperity, connection and many other qualities. While chanting the mantra’s you may have a sense of one or more of these qualities.
The Adi Mantra is “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” and means I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within. When we say we are tuning in with this mantra we mean we are tuning into the Divine flow and self-knowledge within each of us. This mantra also connects us to the Golden Chain of teachers and Yogi Bhajan. It is chanted at least three times at the start of each Kundalini Yoga class.
The Mangala Charn Manta is a mantra of protection. You can chant this to invoke the protective energy of the universe. Yogi Bhajan said, “when you cannot be protected, this mantra shall protect you. When things stop, and won’t move, this makes them move in your direction.” It is chanted on one breath and repeated 3xs. This is my favorite rendition of the Mangal Charn Mantra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USWBR7KZSuY The video has a beautiful meditation sequence that I just learned this summer on a backpacking trip with some dear friends, give it a try its delightful.
“Chanting a mantra is also considered a meditation and can include a mudra (hand position), breathing in a certain way, and the sound of the words.Correct pronunciation of these ancient Kundalini Yoga Words, vibrates different parts of the roof of the mouth, touching on meridian points, balancing and stimulating different parts of the body and brain, and listening to the sound inside you. That, plus how many minutes or hours a person chants, all combine to bring you safety, to inner states of awareness (enlightenment) and change. “