To tune in:

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
(I bow to the creative wisdom inside myself)

We chant this mantra of protection:

Aad Guray Nameh,
Jugaad Guray Nameh,
Sat Guray Nameh,
Siree Guroo Dayv-ay Nameh

(I bow to the primal wisdom. I bow to the wisdom true through the ages. I bow to the true wisdom. I bow to the great unseen wisdom.)

The most commonly used mantra in class:

Sat Nam
(Truth is my identity)

To close the session we sing a blessing:

May the long time sun shine upon you,
all love surround you,
and the pure light within you, guide your way on.

(in class we use Snatam Kaur’s ‘Long Time Sun’, from her album ‘Grace’ which is available on iTunes).

Why do we use mantra?

‘Chanting mantras, either silently or out loud, is a consicious method of controlling and directing the mind. Happiness, sorrow, joy and regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. Call them attitudes, or beliefs, but fundamentally, they are vibratory frequencies or thought waves. They determine the kind of programme our mind plays.’
‘Mantras are formulas that alter the patterns of the mind and chemistry of the brain, according to physical and meta-physical laws. The power of a mantra is in its sound vibration. The mantras used in Kundalini Yoga elevate or modify consciousness through their meaning and rhythmical repetition. It is beneficial to link a mantra to the breath.’
(From The Acquarian Teacher, 3rd Ed., 2005)