Tuning In and Tuning Out

What are the mantras we use in the beginning of a Kundalini Yoga class?

What do those mantras mean?

Tuning In/Beginning a Class

  • Adi Mantra

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

To the infinite I bow, to the divine teacher within I bow. 

This mantra is used in the beginning of every kundalini yoga class. It centers us in our higher self and allows our spirit to come through to guide us. This mantra also calls upon our sense of the divine and our sense of what guides us – be that God, Spirit, Goddess, or Ancestors. We ask these energies to be present, we connect ourself to this energy, and we begin our practice. 

  • Mandala Charan Mantra

Aad guray nameh, jugaad guray nameh,

Sat guray nameh, Siri gur dayvay nameh

I bow to the primal wisdom. 

I bow to the wisdom through the ages. 

I bow to true wisdom. I bow to the great unseen wisdom. 

This mantra is usually used in the beginning of class following the Adi Mantra. This is a mantra of protection and projection through reverence. We say the first line and send energy to the left, the second line send energy behind us, and the third to the right. When we say the final line we surround ourselves in a protective aura in all directions. 

Tuning Out/Closing the Space

  • Long Time Sun

May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You,

All love surround you. 

And the pure light within you,

Guide your way on. 

  • Seven Wave Sat Nam

Sat Nam

Truth is my identity. 

As you chant the long SAT visualize the energy cycling around each chakra and then through it, stitching them together root to crown. NAM sends the energy through the crown and into infinity.

Other Useful Terms Used in Classes

Har, Hare, Haree,  Waheguru

Creative Infinity, Infinity in Flow, Infinity in Action. I am in ecstasy when I experience the Infinite. 

This mantra expresses the three aspects of the Infinite. It is said that this mantra can bring you through any blocks in life. 

Autumn Equinox Class and 40 day Sadhana Kick Off

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Dia de los Muertos. Samhain. Halloween.

We are approaching a time where we harvest the work of the summer. Take time to honor and commune with our ancestors as we prepare for the shifting of the seasons and the darkness of winter.

Let us combine the power of the equinox, full moon, and the thinning of the veil in order to hone our intuition. This sequence will tend our internal landscape while opening ourselves to our ancestors unlocking the path to walk firmly and with grace.

Through kundalini yoga, we will be detoxing the bodily systems while clearing our karmas. We do this work to heal the seven generations before us and the seven generations ahead of us. Step into your divine power and your path to becoming your truest Self.

Join me on this 40 day kriya and meditation journey! We will be kicking off on the evening of Tuesday September 22 and culminating on October 31!

More information to come, please join our Facebook group or DM for more details

An Open Letter to the Sangat – Let’s Chat

Sat Nam Dear Sangat,

Greetings, my name is Tiaga Harprem Singh and my pronouns are he/him/his and I wanted to write an open letter to begin a dialog. With respect to the current global climate crisis, current social movements occurring (BLM, metoo, and save the children), and the release to light of the allegations against Yogi Bhajan by several individuals for abuse of power and sexual misconduct- how are you, or maybe you’re not, continuing to teach, move forward, and train? What are you doing, or feeling called to do to address these situations in you teaching and training of other teachers?

I have asked myself these questions for the last several weeks and I wanted to begin to formulate a concrete path to moving forward, or at least one of many to come. There are no right or wrong answers as I am looking for advice and experiences present to assist in forming the next series of teacher trainings.

I am looking for input on best practices surrounding:

Inclusive Practices – How can we be more open and inclusive to all while teaching? Are we color blind or color brave? Do we offer modification or are we militant in our teaching? Especially for our students that are POC, LQBTQIA2+, or differently abled?

Trama Informed Practices – How aware are we of the research surround the long term affects of trauma on the brain, behavior, and the body? How aware are we of our own trauma in respect to our own teaching and why is that important? How are we handling these situations without causing secondary trauma?

Understanding through Compassion – How understanding and compassionate are we to those that have a different opinion, experience, or view point? How can we hold two very different experiences in the same bubble and can we separate the teacher from the teachings?

I sincerely appreciate any feedback on pieces of this or the whole of it.

Peace to all
Love to all
Light to all

Tiaga Haprrem Singh

Crystals and Stones

A Quick and Dirty Guide: 5 Things To Do with your New Stones

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I have long believed in the powers of the Earth and her ability to heal us, aid us, and even to protect and guide us. Over my life I have been collecting stones and crystals that I have felt an attraction to. In my late teens, I began to look into specific stones and what they represent and found a large correlation with the stones that already had being exactly what I needed, so to speak.

This lead me a little further down the rabbit hole of crystal care, maintenance and uses. The use of crystals and gemstones in rituals and healing is long established. Certain crystals, like clear quartz, can be programmed with an intention or specific purpose. Other stones like amethyst can also be infused with an intention but are known for their healing and calming attributes.

Say you found a stone that really calls to you- either through research or coming across it in a shop. What are some thing you should do with it when you get home?? How can you program your crystals with your intentions? What about all the other people who may have touched the stone before you? Well, here is a quick and dirty (love and earthy pun 😅) on what to do with crystals when they have found their new home.

1. Cleanse your stone.

There are a variety of ways you can cleanse your stones. First, what is cleansing and why should you do it? Everyone has their own electromagnetic field and vibration; likewise, the Earth and everything that comes from her also has one. Certain stones, like Selenite or Quartz, are really great at absorbing energies around them. This usually happens through touch. When getting a new stone, it is always a good idea to clear out any previous energies to open the path for a new relationship, if you please, since you do not know the intentions nor would you want to inherit any negativity from another.Some ways you can cleanse your stone are:

  • Smoke: Burning herbs and incense that purify and cleanse is a great way to clear out any unwanted energy. This is a similar process to smudging. One would waft smoke over and around the stone focusing on clearing out the energies and imparting one’s own positivity.
    • Useful herbs: cedar, white sage, sweet grass, palo santo, or copal
  • Salt and Water: The use of salt and water to purify has been used for generations. Keep in mind, some crystals and stones can be damaged by exposure to water. Mixing sea salt and water together to rinse the stones is another way to clear out energies from the stone. If you cannot submerge your stone, you can place it in a glass and surround that glass with salt water. Even setting your stones on a bed of salt can be purifying.
  • Sunlight/Moonlight: You can place your stones out in a sunny place, or well-lit windowsill to absorb the light of our celestial neighbors. Sunlight can burn away the darkness and the waning of the moon will encourage a drip out of the energy. This is also really useful in the setting intention phase of the stone.

2. Set your intentions with the stone.

If you have taken the time to cleanse your stone – chances are there is a certain reason you want to hang on to it. Why did you keep the stone? Why is it calling to you, or you to it? Creating an intention takes a little bit of inner work and reflection – once you have it you can hold you recently cleansed stone and place your intention within it. This can be done through meditation. Hold the stone while meditating on your intention, feel the intention slipping from you and into the stone. Release, surrender, and let the stone do its work.

Special note: Matching your intention setting process to the phases of the moon can be especially beneficial. If your intention is to let something go working with your crystal during the waning of the moon would be best. In reverse, if your intention is to build or bring something in working with your crystal during the waxing moon is recommended.

3. Carry it with you for 40 days.

I know, super specific, right? The number 40 is a powerful number. In this context – 40 days is the time is takes to create a habit and to clear out any blockages. When working in Kundalini Yoga we talk about doing specific kriya or meditation sets for 40 days in order to learn the lesson of the kriya, to allow for some sort of change or shift in our energy, and to clear any blocks that we might be working on. A lot of times when we set intentions we are working to overcome some sort of block or obstacle. Really set yourself up for success and your best chance to open yourself to the lessons your little piece of Gaia has for you – especially if the stone called out to you without you researching it previously.

4. Use the stone.

The only way to wisdom is through practice. Use your stone for what you set it up to be. If it is meant to help you calm or sleep – use your crystal during meditations or when you are praying, or hold it for some breath work before bed. If your stones are meant to help you cope with the stresses of the work environment keep it easily accessible at your desk. Crystals and stones can be an easy way to brighten up any outfit, living or work space.

5. Reflect on how it has helped you.

Look back at it if it’s your jam. Remember where you were at the beginning of your 40 days and see where you are now. Has the stone or crystal served its purpose for you? Has your intention come to fruition, if even in the smallest sense? Reflecting can be super quick and informal, maybe sitting down with a cup of coffee, or an elaborate project where you track yourself and sit and write something out.

I wish you all the best on your bonding journey with Earth. Hope you enjoyed this little read and what it has to offer. More to come on specific smudging methods using herbs and incense as well as crystal knowledge and lore, and definitely more Kundalini practices.

Sat Nam


Mantras are Magic

Mantras are truly bits of magic.  Mantras are used in Kundalini Yoga during meditations and kriya practices. These mantras are based on ancient sciences that use sound and the body to alter the mind, body, and spirit. According to the Kundalini philosophy, we use mantras to vibrate the Cosmos so the Cosmos can clear the way. The science of Naad Yoga is very precise and is related to the surrendering of one’s self to the Shabd Guru. More than anything, mantras are meant to be experienced and embodied fully, from the inside out, to really understand their potent power.

First and foremost, mantras are sound vibrations. These are chants recorded from sages that entered a state of transcendance to obtain this knowledge. When we chant mantra, we call upon this experience and knowledge. By doing this, we are able to allow the mantra to teach us the lesson that lies inside of it. This is the idea of the Shabd Guru – or sound as a teacher, allowing the sound to cut through the ego. The Shabd Guru is a quantum technology that directly alters our consciousness through the power of the Naad. 

The power of the Naad is the power of the sound current itself. Naad is the essence of all sound. In Naad Yoga, the primal sounds of the mantras and the movements of the lip and tongue act on specific areas of the roof of the mouth. These areas on the upper palate relate to energetic meridian lines, when these areas are triggered by the tongue they activate the hypothalamus gland. The hypothalamus is responsible for releasing hormones; meaning, when we chant we activate the part of the brain that is responsible for altering brain chemistry and the mantra tells the brain the recipe for the new chemistry. 

Two types of mantras commonly used in Kundalini Yoga classes are bij mantras and ashtang mantras. Bij Mantras are seed mantras; these mantras are generally short, and are aimed at planting the meaning of that mantra into the soul like a seed is sown in dirt. On the opposite end of the spectrum, ashtang mantras are longer mantras and consist of eight parts or beats. Each kind of mantra has a beauty, a place, and a reason. Below are some mantras, their translations, and their purpose. These mantras are some of the most frequently experienced mantras.

  • Sat Naam
    • Sat Nam is a bij mantra and is the seed of Kundalini Yoga itself. Sat Naam translates to “truth is my identity.” Sat means “truth,” and Naam means “my identity.” This mantra is used to plant this idea of “I am truth, I am enough, I am Divine,” deep into the soul. This mantra is calming and empowering. There are kriyas dedicated to just this mantra, and this mantra can be used in every breath of everyday. Allow the sound of the inhale to mentally chant “Sat”, and “Naam” on the exhale. This mantra is said to awaken the soul and give you your destiny. This mantra also brings the five elements of the body into balance. 

  • Ong So Hung
    • Another bij mantra, Ong So Hung is chanted to open the Heart Center of the body and to feel connection to the Divine. Ong means “Divine,” or “Creative Consciousness,” or “God.” So Hung translates to “I am Thou” or “You and I are One.” When we chant Ong So Hung, we are calling to the sense of the Divine, expanding ourselves into that level of consciousness and naming that we are a part of this. Claiming our birthright to be part of this grace, ease, and love. That this Great Universe around us is also right within us.

  • Ek Ong Kar Sat Naam Siri Wahe Guru
    • An ashtang mantra, this mantra is a mantra of power and bliss. This mantra has eight parts that work on the body’s chakra and aura systems. Ek Ong Kar means “Creator and Creation are one,” Sat Naam “this truth is my identity,” Siri Wahe Guru “the ecstasy of this wisdom is beyond words.” When chanted from the navel and heart, this mantra is said to be able to suspend the mind in a state of bliss, awaken the Kundalini Energy, and create a relationship between you and the divine. This mantra is also known as the Adi Shakti Mantra, or the mantra of first power. From an understanding of this mantra, all is understood. 

  • Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Se So Hung
    • This is known to be one of the most healing mantras in Kundalini Yoga. The eight parts of the Siri Gaitri mantra correspond to different aspects of energy in our experience. This mantra calls to balance out the difference between yin and yang energies. The translation of this mantra is 
      • Ra – Sun
      • Ma – Moon
      • Da – Earth
      • Sa – Infinite
      • Sa Say – Totality of the Infinite
      • So Hung – I am Thou
  • So what this mantra does, is calls to mind the fact that we and the Universe exist as one. And by calling on these forces, we are able to balance the energy systems of the body to make room for health and vitality.