The number of mantras used in Kundalini Yoga is vast however the mantra used the most considered to be – Sat Nam.
If you attend a Kundalini class you’ll hear this mantra used as a greeting, as a part of many kriyas and meditations, and as a closing to the class. Furthermore, it is a Kundalini mantra which you can hear it in your head constantly on your each inhalation and exhalation.
Kundalini yoga derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), chanting mantras and yoga asana.
Called by practitioners “the yoga of awareness”, Kundalini yoga aims “to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, achieve inner peace, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.”
What has become known as “Kundalini yoga” in the 20th century, after a technical term peculiar to this tradition, has otherwise been known as laya yoga, from the Sanskrit term laya “dissolution or extinction”.
Swami Sivananda introduced many readers to “Kundalini yoga” with his book on the subject in 1935. Swami Sivananda’s book combines laya spiritual teachings from older sources including the Hathapradipika and Satcakranirupana.
Together with other currents of Hindu revivalism and Neo-Hinduism, Kundalini Yoga became popular in the 1960s to 1980s western counterculture.
This is the Seed Mantra or Bij Mantra and it is the most widely used mantra in the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
Sat Nam mantra meaning:
This mantra embodies the mystery of life and that which comes after.
Sat is truth, Nam means identity, or to call on the truth, expressing the reality of existence.
The ancient word ”nam” in Sikhism has two meanings. “It meant both an application and a symbol of the All-pervading Supreme Reality that sustained the universe. Guru Nanak in his teachings emphasized the need of repeating Sat-Nam to realize the All-pervading Supreme Reality.”
As with all yoga, chanting this mantra is far more than just understanding the literal translation; it is an experience and only repeated chanting of the mantra will reveal its truth. By chanting it or meditating upon it with your breath, you enter a vibration of truth. You create an internal experience of what these words represent. Truth, peace, enlightenment, and above all awareness, becomes available for you to experience.
Kundalini Yoga Mantra benefits:
Chanting this mantra awakens the soul of the practitioner.