How To Start And End Your Kundalini Yoga Practice

Gurushabd Khalsa Practice

In Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan), we begin our classes and our practice by tuning in with a mantra called the Adi MantraAdi means “first” or “primal” and mantra means “mind wave” or “the creative projection of the mind through sound”. It is used to centre us in our higher self, to surround us with sacred energy throughout our practice, and to help us connect to the lineage of teachings that have been passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years.

At the end of each class (or at the end of our individual practice) we sing a blessing song known as the Long Time Sun Song. It is a simple prayer to bless yourself and others. After singing this song, we chant 1-3 long Sat Naams. This combined with the Long Time Sun Song completes your practice and devotes it to your highest self and for the common good of all.

Watch this video for a live demonstration on how to chant the Adi Mantra before your practice and close your practice with a long Sat Naam. Full written instructions are below.

Tuning In

Sit with a tall spine by grounding through the sitting bones, lifting the chest and tucking the chin in (to elongate the back of the neck).

Mudra: Press your hands together at the centre of your chest in prayer pose. Press the joints of the thumbs into the sternum.

Eye Focus: Close your eyes and focus at your third eye point (in between the eyebrows).

Mantra: Inhale deeply and chant Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo in one breath as follows.

Chant this mantra at least three times, taking a deep breath between each recitation. If you’re not able to chant the entire mantra in one breath, then you can take a small sip of air after Ong Namo and then chant the rest of the mantra extending the sound as long as possible.

Translation: I bow to the subtle divine wisdom I bow to the divine teacher within.

Closing Your Practice

Sit with a tall spine by grounding through the sitting bones, lifting the chest and tucking the chin in (to elongate the back of the neck).

Mudra: Press your hands together at the centre of your chest in prayer pose. Press the joints of the thumbs into the sternum.

Eye Focus: Close your eyes and focus at your third eye point (in between the eyebrows).

Mantra: Inhale deeply and sing the Long Time Sun Song, followed by chanting Sat Naam 1-3 times.

May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.

Translation: Sat means Truth and Naam means identity, name, or essence.

This story was originally posted on Demetria Jackson’s blog as How To Start And End Your Kundalini Yoga Practice.


Demetria Jackson is a trauma conscious Kundalini Yoga teacher, body positive coach, and community educator who is obsessed about helping people make peace with their bodies on and off the mat.  Demetria is known for her high-vibe playlists and soulful classes that open the heart centre and challenge the body and the mind giving her students the opportunity to release blocks, heal themselves and experience radical transformation. She teaches weekly classes at Lotus Yoga Centre and offers online classes and support at www.demetriajackson.com.