When you start your Kundalini Yoga journey, you will find that students chant during their meditation sessions. Should this practice be entirely new to you, you may find it odd. It is not something many of us have experienced before. However, there’s a sacred and important reason for this activity. Here’s what you need to know about chanting.
Why Do Kundalini Yoga Students Chant?
According to the realms of Kundalini Yoga, the ultimate state of mind is called ‘samadhi’. This state happens when we reach the Infinite Unstruck Sound. Attaining this brings intuition, the ability to be entirely open, and also build inner-strength.
It is a thing of true beauty. Through the use of Kundalini Yoga mantras, you can become more joyous, honest, relaxed, and compassionate towards others. While it takes some time to master a particular mantra, doing so helps you unlock the best parts of yourself.
How Do Kundalini Yoga Mantras Work?
To truly understand how Kundalini Yoga mantras work, you must first think of yourself as an instrument. As you begin to chant, you are causing a series of vibrations that move through your body. With each utterance, you will feel the vibrations move through you, creating a positive change within your mind, body, and soul.
Each of us has seventy-two surs (or strings). Over the course of seventy-two hour periods, these strings vary in prevalence, with some becoming more powerful than others. As you begin to chant a Kundalini Yoga mantra, it moves up through your Crown Chakra. Since this is a thousand-petalled lotus, it amplifies these pure vibrations by a thousand.
Next, the main vagus nerve of the parasympathetic system, which we call ‘one star’, comes into play. It starts by tuning the strings and ensuring that the vibrations work as they should. As you activate the central channel of the Sushmuna within the spine along with the two support channels, the whole system begins to vibrate in sync.
Toward the start of any chanting session, you will repeat your mantra aloud. However, over time, this will become mental. Should you move into the full flow of the mantra, your full attention will be on the vibrations and you will be attuned to the Infinite.
What About Silent Meditation?
Of course, many Kundalini Yoga students also meditate silently. Within the practice, we believe that silence is ripe with dhyana (meditation). When we take a moment to be silent, we are silencing the inner ego and allowing the mind to vibrate in sync with the unlimited self.
You may start by chanting at first and then move into a silent state. As this happens, you let go of your ego and feel the mantra vibrate through every cell within your being. When you are truly silent, you will start to connect with the Infinite and your soul.
Kundalini Yoga mantras are a core part of the practice. Whether you’re new to its realms or have been on your journey a while, you can benefit from this activity. Why not learn more about mantras now and start developing your chanting skills?