Adi Shakti
This chant calls upon the Divine-Mother Power, reducing personal insecurities, and
therefore is a “Maha Shakti” chant.  

It is also referred to as the Kundalini Bhakti mantra, which is to say, a mantra of
devotion to the Kundalini, the Mother of all energies, which is the life force stored
at the base of the spine.

Whenever this meditation is sincerely practiced, the yogini will find that the security
and abundance she needs quickly arrives in her inner and outer life's experience of
the Feminine Force.   This chant is frequently enjoyed in Kundalini Prenatal Yoga
classes as well as Kundalini Shakti Yoga classes.   

This is one Adi Shakti meditation out of several in the Kundalini Yoga tradition, and
pregnant women are instructed to practice it daily for 5 minutes.  Be sure to tune in
to your intuition by chanting "
Om" or "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo" 3 times.  This is
very important for centering your intentional energy before the meditation.

Asana (Posture):  Cross-legged, feet tucked under near knees for a firm foundataion,
with straight spine, pelvis tilted forward.  Modification for beginners:  use a small
when properly practiced, actually works the pelvic floor, facilitates womb alignment,
stretches the inner thigh muscles, and brings circulation to the hip joints.

Eyes:  Open and focused on the tip of the nose (Agiaa Chakra Bandh), the Lotus Point
meditation.  This controls the mind, which is locked in a triangle.  When the optic
nerve concentrates at the tip of the noose, the energies of the spinal column (the
ida, pingala, and shusmana) get to a center of balance.  New energy pathways are
created in the brain patterns.

Hand Mudra:  Elbows, forearms, and hands are at the level of your breast line.  The
right palm rests on the back of your left hand.  Hold the mudra 3-5 inches from your
chest.  This empowers the radiance of the second arc line halo that goes between
the nipples in women (men don’t have one) and facilitates lymphatic drainage
(especially if you are not bound by a bra).

Mantra:  In Yoga we chant only with the tip of your tongue to stimulate neuron
impulses - it sounds absolutely different.  The last line involves a pause before the
second pronunciation of the 'Ma' syllable (the oldest known syllable in human
language) - this is a very powerful built-in silent reverberation effect that connects
the practitioner deeper to the heart of the experience of calling out to the Divine

Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo, Namo

Sarab a Shakti, Sarab a Shakti, Sarab a Shakti, Namo, Namo

Prithum Bhagvatee, Prithum Bhagvatee, Prithum Bhagvatee, Namo Namo

Kundalini Mata Shakti,(pause for two beats), Mata Shakti, Namo, Namo

Translation (Note: like most mantras, the cosmic breadth of the ancient language gets
diluted in English!  Also, "Namo"  means "Salutations/Greetings" or "I Call Upon" and
also "I Bow," depending on the practitioner's intention, and thus can express plaintive
need or ecstatic devotion).

Primal She-Power, Salutations to Thee!

All-Encompassing She-Power, Salutations to Thee!

That through which Divine Creates, Salutations to Thee!

Creative Power of the Kundalini, Mother of all Mother Power, Salutations!

Time:  Practice for 5 minutes, loosely clothed.  Practice daily in pregnancy.  Can also
be practiced daily for heart-womb connection, emotional rejuvenation, breast self-
care, and conscious fertility, up to 11 minutes in basic meditation pose, hands resting
on knees in gyan mudra, arms straight, eyes closed.   Be sure to spend at least 5
minutes in corpse pose (savasana) immediately afterwards, letting the mantra
reverberate within.  Close your meditation session with 3 long Sat Nams.

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The Adi Shakti chant in different versions is on several CDs available through
spiritvoyage if you are unable to attend a class in person to learn its simple
intonation.  We do the chant faster in class than most recordings.
“Merge in the Maha Shakti.  This is enough to take away your misfortune.  
anybody else will do it…  When a woman chants the Kundalini Bhakti mantra,
God clears the way.  This is not a religion, it is a reality.  Woman is not born
to suffer, and woman needs her own power.”

“When India and Indian women knew this mantra, it dwelt in the land of
milk and honey.”                                                                
                                                               ~ Yogi Bhajan