What to expect at a Kundalini Yoga class

The class follows the same outline structure each week, although the kriya and meditation vary each time.

Tuning In

We begin and end the class by chanting specific mantras. I will give you these written down when you’re new to class. They’re easy to learn and soon you’ll be able to join in with your eyes closed.

Ong Namo
Guru Dev Namo
chanted 3 times

Aad Guray Namay
Jugaad Guray Namay
Sat Guray Namay
Siri Guru Dayvay Namay
chanted 3 times

You can read more about the meaning of the mantras we chant here on the Mantras page.

Warm ups

We will usually start with some warm up exercises, but if the kriya is a long one then we will dive straight in.

Kriya

A ‘kriya’ is a complete sequence of actions that delivers on a specific intention. It is a set of exercises that involves the following elements:

  • asana (postures)
  • pranayama (breath)
  • bandhas (locks)
  • mudras (hand positions)
  • mantras

In each class we work with a different kriya. Some focus on a physical benefit, others on an emotional benefit, while others work on a metaphysical level e.g. Kriya for Abdominal Strengthening, Kriya for Magnetic Field and Heart Centre, Foundation for Infinity. 

Relaxation

This is when you lie down on your mat in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) and allow your body and mind to totally relax and integrate the effects of the kriya.

Meditation

We complete our practice with a meditation. In Kundalini Yoga this will usually involve a mantra. Sometimes we meditate listening to a mantra, and other times we repeat a mantra silently internally, or chant aloud.

As with the kriyas, there are many different meditations each with a specific intention. For example, Removing Fear of the Future, Meditation for a Calm Heart or Meditation for Prosperity.

Tuning out

We bring our hands together in prayer to chant 2 mantras to close the class. First, the Longtime Sunshine song which Yogi Bhajan specified for ending a class, so that everyone receives a blessing.

May the longtime sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way home

followed by a long chant of

Sat Nam
chanted 3 times

Here’s Snatam Kaur singing the Longtime Sunshine song

 Sat nam. I look forward to seeing you at class