True is my name, truth is my identity
"If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it. "
- Yogi Bhajan
Glossary of common terms
We have compiled a list of the common terms you should know when starting out with Kundalini Yoga.
Adi Mantra (I bow to the divine teacher within me)
Ong Nama Guru Dev Namo
We chant this mantra 3 times to tune in before the class start. Is a call to our higher self to help us to do our best during the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It also a link to the Golden chain of Master and teacher to protect and guide us during the practice.
The eliminating force of the body. It governs all the function relating to elimination. In this day we need powerful apana to deal with the elimination of toxins.
Posture - consciously balanced body postures done with devotion.
Locks that when applied to specific areas of the body direct prana and apana.
Centres of energy. They affect our perception, feelings and choices.
Gyan mudra (Seat of knowledge)
Touch the tip of the thumb with the tip of the index finger. This mudra stimulates knowledge, wisdom and the power to compute.
Jalandhar Bhanda (Neck Lock)
We apply this lock by gently stretching the back of the neck straight and pulling the chin toward the back of the neck. The chest is lifted and neck, shoulders and face are relaxed. This allows the increase of pranic energy to travel freely into the upper glandular centres of the brain.
Kriya in yoga is a sequence of postures, breath and sound integrated together to allow the manifestation of a particular state.
The Long Time Sun blessing song
All Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan classes use the Long Time Sun song to close each class. It can be sung or recited, as a positive affirmation, bringing blessings to all.
May the long-time sun shine upon you
All love surrounds you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on
This is the application of the three locks. When all the locks are applied the nerves and glands are rejuvenated
Mantras are formulas that alter the patterns of the mind and chemistry of the brain. The mantras we use in Kundalini Yoga elevate or modify consciousness through their meaning and rhythmical repetition.
Meditation is the process of controlling and transcending the constant waves of thoughts, allowing the flow of radiance from the soul. Meditation is like a nice, warm bath for the mind.
A mudra is a position of the hand that seals and guides energy flow and reflexes to the brain.
Mulabahan (Root Lock)
This seal of energy, coordinates and combines the energy of the rectum, sex organs and navel point. When we apply Mulabahan, we contract the muscle of the rectum, sex organs and we pull the navel in toward the spine and up.
Prana is the life force penetrating every atom of your body and the universe.
Pranayam is the science of breath, controlling the movement of prana in the body with the use of breathing techniques.
Sadahana is a daily spiritual practice to experience and realize your Self, master the mind and soften the ego dominance by your habits, emotions and thoughts.
Sat means True, Nam means name. True is my name. True is my identity. We chant the mantra three times to tune out at the end of the class
Uddiyana Bhanda (Diaphragm Lock)
Applied by lifting the diaphragm up high into the thorax and pulling the upper abdominal muscles back toward the spine. The diaphragm lock allows the life force to move through the central nerve channel of the spine penetrating the neck region.