On Saturday listening to amazing live music I was reminded how powerful sound is and how it can change us, recharge our battery and sing to our soul. In the words of Bog Marley, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds….” I believe that using our voice, powerful language like mantra and sound we can gain the ultimate freedom, the freedom of the mind.
The act of singing heals us; it changes our blood chemistry increasing the amounts of endorphins like serotonin the feel good hormone and oxytocin the hormone that makes us feel trust and connection. That is one of the draws for me about Kundalini Yoga, how the music makes me feel when I chant along with it, use it to set a pace or rhythm for a movement or breath pattern, or just listen to it during relaxation periods.
Kundalini yoga has its own music genre, sometimes called Western Gurbani. Gurbani means “sacred language based on the power of the sound current”, it is the words of the Seekers, the Sikh enlightened masters who gave us theses gems of wisdom. When Yogi Bhajan took these teachings to California in 1969, a fusion of Western-style music and Gurbani emerged, and this is what you’ll hear in kundalini yoga classes today. The sacred words (mantras) in kundalini yoga music are usually in their original language, Gurmukhi, which is one of a handful of languages – amongst them Sanskrit and French – in which the sounds of the syllables impart meaning from the way they resonate. In other words, the words have specific effects as they vibrate internally in your body.
As we pronounce the mantra words, meridian points in the upper palate are stimulated by the tongue in a sequence and rhythm, initiating a chain of chemical reactions in the glands and organs connected to those meridians. Meanwhile the mantra sound vibrations resonate deeply within the body, helping to unblock stored emotion, dissolve negative thought patterns and promote the circulation of energy through the body’s energetic pathways.
This week try to sing a devotional Kundalini Yoga song or mantra at least once a day, while in shower, shopping, cooking, or even driving. You will get the that same happy, carefree feeling plus a good dose of elevation that can give you the freedom from the pressures of the mind and times.
Mon 24 October 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 25 October 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 26 October 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)
Wed 26 October 3-3.45pm Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 26 October 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5
Fri 28 October 6.30-7.30pm Community Class (BY Donation) @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
Sat 29 October 6 -7.30pm Gong Bath Healing @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road Col 5