What are Mantras ?
A mantra is a series of sounds which, when chanted inwardly or aloud, connect the body, mind and spirit. Focusing on a mantra and linking it to the breath, while you meditate or move through physical postures, synergistically improves the effects of yoga and strengthens the body/mind connection,
Tuning in with Kundalini Yoga
When practising Kundalini Yoga, it's essential to establish a link to the teacher within. Always begin a yoga set or meditation with the Adi (aadee) Mantra, Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, which means: 'I call upon the infinite creative consciousness within'. To begin, sit tall, close the eyes, bring the palms together at the heart centre of the chest and chant the mantra 3 times.
Ong means infinite creative energy - the 'O' is pronounced as in 'go', 'ng' vibrates the skull and lasts longer.
Namo opens you to universal consciousness: the 'Nam' rhythms with 'hum', 'o' is pronounced as in go.
Guru is that which takes you from darkness to light.
Dev, which rhymes with 'gave', means subtle and divine.
Tuning out with Kundalini Yoga
SAT NAM is a bij Mantra, or "seed sound."
SAT means Truth, the ultimate, unchanging, universal Truth.
NAM means name, or identity. When we sat "SAT NAM" to each other, we are acknowledging or mutual divine identity.
While praising yoga, close your eyes and gently turn them upwards, centering your attention on the third eye point, slightly above and between your eyebrows. Become aware of your breathing and any mantra you might be chanting. During the meditations, specific areas for mental focus are often recommended.