The Kriya for Elevation is a set that will act as an energetic and physical tune up for our bodies. The exercises are set up to systematically open up the spine from bottom to top. This will circulate the prana and apana in the body, balance each of the chakras and will allow the kundalini energy to rise up through the spine. Opening the lungs and bringing our minds into a place of alertness we can strengthen our electromagnetic field. This kriya also offers a deep release for the sciatic nerve, or the life nerve. When we relax this nerve we are able to increase our flexibility, release tension in the low back, and it will allow us to feel more connected to the Earth. Increasing flexibility in the body inspires more flexibility in life, we are more able to roll with what life offers while remaining open to possibilities.
Meditation for Projection and Protection Coming from the Heart Center
Aad Guray Nameh Primal Wisdom, to you I bow
Jugaad Guray Nameh Wisdom through the Ages, to you I bow
Sat Guray Nameh True Wisdom to you I bow
Siri, Gur Davay Nameh Great unseen wisdom, wisdom that is all around us, to you I bow
We will be chanting the Mangala Charan Mantra during this meditation. This mantra is a mantra of protection. We chant this at the beginning of every kundalini yoga class for this purpose. When we say the first three line we send energy to the left, behind us, and to the right and when we say the last line we have energy circulating all around us. With every recitation of the mantra our auras become stronger, brighter, and more able to deflect negativity. This mantra guides us to our hearts deepest truth and being. Reciting this mantra clears our doubts opening us to guidance and protection. It surrounds our magnetic fields with protective, white light.
The Adi Shakti Mantra is an ashtang, or eight-fold, meditation and is also known as the Long Ek Ong Kars or Morning Call. This mantra is a corner stone to the Aquarian Sadhana and kundalini yoga as a whole. Chanting and meditating on this mantra is a very powerful experience. I have had the privilege of experiencing this mantra in the Aquarian Sadhana with a group and alone, as a whole morning sadhana for two and a half hours with my sangat, and I have practiced it as my personal sadhana for thirty-one minutes a day. The eight parts of the Adi Shakti Mantra each carry a powerful vibration that adds to the whole experience. When Yogi Bhajan began teaching kundalini yoga in the states, he taught this mantra as the original morning sadhana to awaken the kundalini energy and unite one’s self with the Universal self.
The Mantra Ek Ong Kar Sat Nam Siri Wahey Guru One creator created this creation. Truth is His Name. Great Beyond description is his infinite wisdom.
ek ong kar – one creator with the creation, we are one with the divine
sat nam – truth is my identity, the divine truth that god is within me is the fabric of my being
siri – great, greatness
wahey – wow what ecstasy
guru – the journey from light to dark, ignorance to wisdom
siri wahey guru – how great is ecstasy of this truth, this journey from dark to light
How is it practiced? Seated in easy pose and with hand in gyan mudra. Focus is on the third-eye with eye lids shut.
Taking a deep breath in to recite the mantra with a 2.5 breath pattern
inhale 1: Ek Ong-Kar – Ek is emphasized with the diaphragm and quick – Ong is elongated for over half the breath and ties right into Kar to finish the first breath completely
inhale 2: Sat Nam, Siri – Sat is emphasized with the diaphragm and quick – Nam is elongated for over half the breath, Siri is pushed out with the very last of the second breath
short inhale: Wahey Guru – Wa is emphasized with the diaphragm and is quick – Hey is elongated for over half the breath – Guru is the last portion
How Long Should You Practice For? This meditation can be practiced for three minutes to two and a half hours. My recommendation is to start with 3, 7, or 11 minutes and build up from there. Three minutes is just the right amount of time to get the hang of the rhythm of the mantra, seven minutes is the amount of time spent chanting the mantra during Aquarian Sadhana, and eleven minutes is enough time to feel the mantra in your heart. Below I am including a quick guide that compares meditation times to their effects on the mind and body. These are guidelines and might be differ slightly from individual to individual.
affects the EM field/aura and blood circulation
affects the nervous and glandular system
balances the three minds as they begin to work together
allows breath, glands, and concentration from the meditation to affect the cells and rhythms, of the body.
affects the gray matter of the brain, this is where the shadow self and the outer self, begin to merge
changes the psyche, hold the subconscious firmly in its new pattern
What are the benefits of this Mantra? 1. It initiates the kundalini energy dormant in the body Kundalini energy is soul energy/creative energy/god/divine energy. It usually lies dormant, coiled, at the base of the spine behind the navel center. The navel center being the etheric place about two to three fingers down from your natural navel. With breath control and physically activating the navel center the kundalini is able to rise through the bodies energy channels to reach the third-eye and blossom at the crown chakra as the thousand petal lotus.
2. The Adi Shakti Mantra begins the relationship between our soul and the universal soul In the process of raising the kundalini through the body and finally blossoming at the crown, we connect ourselves to the greater consciousness. As we continue to raise our kundalini, we raise our total awareness for all within ourselves and beyond ourselves. It is advised to practice this with a sangat, or a group of people meditating and practicing together, this amplifies the effects of this mantra and assists in the journey from individual consciousness to group consciousness and ultimately God/Universal Consciousness.
3. Makes your heart’s desire known to the universe A sutra for the Aquarian Age – vibrate the cosmos and they shall clear the way. This manta allows for the heart’s desire to be known by the universe. Even if you do not know what it is, or are unclear this mantra has the power to cut through all of that. While getting to know the feelings of Universal Consciousness we realize that the Divine is within us and that is our truth, making ourselves clear out the things that block our growth, water those things that nurture us, and assists in getting clear with what we want and why.
Interested in practicing alongside me? Here are two videos, the begin with tuning in, chanting the Long Ek Ong Kars, and end with a 7-Wave Sat Nam to seal the practice.
I have had wonderful experiences with this mantra and practice. I hope you enjoy the journey and all that is has to offer.
Peace to All, Love to All, Light to All, Tiaga Harprem Singh
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.
“Love is the experience of selflessness within the self.”
In many traditions names are given, added, or changed to mark significant life events and choices. The choice to be baptized, getting married, or stepping into a new spiritual path are all examples of when one might be called to change their name. This isn’t a choice that is made lightly or without deep thought about what this new name means and what it brings with it.
A spiritual name is a divine vibration. This vibration carries with is its own life, meaning, and lesson. They are to be taken with reverence and honor. Similar to a mantra, these sound frequencies and the act of the tongue pressing on the meridians at the roof of the mouth can cause certain neurological changes to begin. The more it is heard and recited, the more it can blossom into being.
When I was embarking on my journey as a kundalini yoga teacher I had been long searching for a spiritual practice to ground me. I had been raised Catholic and when it came time for me to make my confirmation into the Church, I decided that it was not for me. To be honest, as a gay teenager with an absent mother and tumultuous home life – I was angry at God for what was going on. I lived this way for a long time. When I started to heal my relationship with myself, my mom, and with the universe in general I happened to find my way into a kundalini yoga class. Fast forward a few years of classes, self-work, and a couple breakdowns I made the plunge into teacher training.
I felt that this was a point in my life that was going to be, and very much did become, a turning point. I started to think about taking on a spiritual name as a teacher but it did feel strange to me. This thought of taking on a name, in another language, that belongs to another culture. Should I be doing this? Am I appropriating another culture? What does it mean to take a spiritual name? How will I, and will I even, use this new name?
As I looked into the traditions around spiritual names some things that stuck out were:
If you feel the calling to it, there is probably a reason.
If the spirit moves you! This has been one of my favorite sayings to use as a teacher. When students want to experiment with an artistic choice or embark on a new project this was my response. As I have grown deeper into understanding this – the Spirit is real and acts in many ways to bring you to where you need to be. Trust in this sense. If you might be thinking about taking a spiritual name, receive the blessing, meditate on it, and see if it can find its way from your heart.
A spiritual name is a blessing and should be treated with reverence.
When I received my name and read it and what it meant, I got chills. When it was first said out loud to address me I got misty eyed. This in so many ways was me. It was me on my best days, it was the version of me that other people see and, to be honest, the version that I sometimes had a hard time seeing in myself. Even if it seems long, or a mouthful, it is your personal prayer.
There are many ways to get a spiritual name, and no matter the name you receive it is what is needed.
I know of individuals that have had the opportunity to receive a few spiritual names, and to my surprise the names did have a central theme. I have only received the one. Spiritual names are a comment on the identity of your Spirit. This name speaks to the highest truth of your soul and its purpose in creation. (No pressure, right?) This is a name to try to live up to. According to the 3HO website – “It is based on your birth date and involves the use of a particular type of numerology. Sometimes the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (sacred Sikh scriptures) is used as a resource.”
So what name did I receive and what does it literally translate to?
Tiaga Harprem Singh
Which translates to: The fearless Lion who embodies kindness, love, prosperity and creativity by choosing God over all worldly attachments.
Tiaga – a saintly person who has given up everything for God, one who abandons all fondness for worldly things in favor of the Divine
Tiaag – to renounce, to give up maya
Har – Infinite God, Carries the vibration of kindness, creativity and prosperity.
Prem – divine love, love
Harprem – God’s love, Divine Love
Singh – the Lion of God who walks with grace and courage through his life.
How have I come to understand it?
He who embodies God’s love by living a life of practiced release of attachment. My gift of fearlessly personalizing compassion, love, prosperity and creativity is fully realized by releasing my attachment to everything but God. My dedicated bond with the Divine brings kindness, abundance, ingenuity and spiritual liberation to the minds and hearts of all.
Okay, one, that’s a mouthful, two, that is a huge order to live up to, and three, this seems so aligned with how I have been shifting my life, coming into my own self, and setting goals for my future. So will I continue to use this name, absolutely. It is an honor and a blessing, a personal mantra and goal, my own connection to Divine. At this point I use this name when in the Sangat, the community, and some close friends and family use it to address me from time to time. It is a beautiful blessing to be able to receive and hear. Maybe one day I may adopt the name in the full and legal, maybe not; only continuing to walk the path and time will tell.
I am offering knowledge dump on the Adi Shakti mantras. I will offer the mantra and its translation, followed by benefits of the mantra, and I will end with a reflection on my own practice and experience.
To Elevation and Alchemy,
The Mantra and Translation:
The Adi Shakti Mantra is the Kundalini Shakti Mantra, or the Kundalini Power Mantra, because it calls out to the Divine Feminine that surrounds us and resides within each of us. In practice, the power is called out to three times and then we bow to that power.
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo
Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo, Namo
Kundalini, Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo, Namo
Adi Shakti – The First Power
“Adi” means first and “Shakti” means power. This is in reference to the primordial power, the power that existed at the beginning of time, the power of Creation itself. This creative force is seen as inherently feminine. It is the physical realm and body that are seen as masculine.
Sarab Shakti – All Encompassing Power
“Sarab” literally translates to all. So this portion calls out to the Divine Feminine that exists all around us and within each of us. The creative capabilities that exist.
Pritham Bhagvati – the Sword Wielding Goddess, Destroyer of Demons
Pritham Bhagvati refers to the Hindi Goddess Parvati. She is the Goddess of War and Destruction. She is the slayer of demon and clearer of the path. With her many arms and divine sword, she is able to liberate all those in suffering. We call out to this sense of power to help us cut through the Maya and the ego of the Self so that we might join the group consciousness and eventually the divine consciousness.
Kundalini, Mata Shakti – Creative Force, Mother Force
The kundalini energy is the energy of the soul. This is our center of creative force in our physical bodied. The kundalini is located just behind the navel center, about three fingers down from the belly button. This would also be the same area as the uterus in female bodied individuals. “Mata,” meaning mother, “Mata Shakti” calls out to our Divine Mother. The essence of creation that brought us into this iteration of life and our abilities to birth our own creations.
Namo, Namo: To you I bow.
This mantra is deeply devotional and should be practiced with reverence, gratitude, and love. With consistent practice these feelings should flow freely. This mantra has a beautiful lesson embedded – the lesson of surrender. In bowing before our sense of the divine we are able to release our burdens and inherit our birthright without any blockages.
The Benefits of Mantra:
This meditation has the power to free you from insecurities that block your growth and freedom
This mantra is deeply devotional and filled with love. This mantra can be very opening and healing for the heart center; especially for those that suffer from early childhood trauma or traumas involving female figures.
When recited as a prayer, this mantra is especially powerful for sisters, mothers, and other feminine figures in our lives.
This mantra helps embody the lessons and love in bowing to your sense of the Divine, and the Divine Feminine Mother.
As I have said before, mantras are magic. For me, this was one of the game changers. I was introduced to this mantra during my Kundalini teacher training. We were on a luscious, four-day retreat in the beautiful Nevada City, California. If that doesn’t say spoiled enough, I had the privilege to be learning from Prabu Nam Kaur. She is such a powerful person and a beautiful example of worship, surrender, and bowing at the feet of the Guru. We chanted this mantra for 31 minutes and I remember having such an intense emotional response. It was one of those deep emotional responses that seems to clear out the corners of the Self that have collected dust.
I feel very privileged to be able to offer a teaching on the Adi Shakti Mantra. Being a Two-Spirit individual, I have a balance of both masculine and feminine energies that can be seen as unique. I grew up hiding my true identity from my family and others around me and this built up resistance to the feminine aspects of my own identity. In recent years I have begun to embrace all of me more fully. This has been challenging, infuriating, freeing, and blissful and I do think that this mantra has played a huge part in my healing.
Additionally, this mantra is very supportive when it comes to healing trauma and healing women. I am a survivor and holder of trauma and have been actively working toward clearing and healing over the last, almost, three years. When I began the mantra practice I found myself confronted with a lot of pain and darkness associated with my history, and in specific, my history with my mothers. I have the honor of having a biological and step mother – each handed me many lessons, cases of trauma, and now, lasting friendships. I know that I have a long way to go in my recovery and that my relationship with my mothers is still healing and growing but I feel the ripples in this mantra. It was not a practice that stayed here just for me.
I began to use this mantra as a prayer for my mothers, sisters, friends, trans family, and students. I have been teaching at an all-girls school for the last two years and my aim has been to heal and elevate through alchemizing our trauma, fear and darkness into tools, power, wisdom, and light. It is said that there is nothing more powerful than the prayer of the beloved and living in a crumbling patriarchy, I have noticed that it can be difficult for women to get their due and to feel supported enough to flourish. This is how I play a part in combating that. Holding space for the Divine Feminine to flourish, nurturing my inner Goddess to inspire and guide others on that path as well.
Finally, it was through the practice of the Adi Shakti mantra that I learned what surrender meant. In the West, this idea of surrender has many negative connotations from being weak to letting others walk over you. Yet, when I was able to surrender to the divine, I have never felt more liberated and supported. When we are able to release our need for control we can inherit our birthright free of blockages. Our birthright to live happy, healthy, and blissful lives.
A Quick and Dirty Guide: 5 Things To Do with your New Stones
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.