What Is Sat Nam Rasayan?

Do you believe that your thoughts have an impact on your body and health? 

Within the Kundalini yoga tradition exists a specific healing modality called Sat Nam Rasayan. Through meditation, your mind comes to a neutral state of clarity in which healing can occur. It’s believed that Sat Nam Rasayan works on a subtle energy level through the projective meditative mind.

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What Is Sat Nam Rasayan?

Sat Nam Rasayan is a healing practice with roots in the Kundalini yoga tradition that is often translated to mean “deep relaxation in the true identity” or “deep relaxation in the Divine Name.” The exact origins of this practice are unknown. Through meditation, a practitioner enters a state of consciousness called shuniya that is said to be a neutral meditative state of stillness, and profound peace. Shuniya, which translates to “zero”, is similar to samadhi which is outlined in Patanjali’s eight limbed path of yoga. Shuniya is essentially a state of profound inner silence. 

The ancient healing art of Satnam Rasayan is healing through awareness. Now, this isn’t focused awareness on something you want to change or heal, but instead relaxed awareness that makes way for the body to heal itself. By maintaining a state of “zero”, or emptiness, you attune to the source of all things and reaffirm that you are not a separate human being from source. Once in a state of shuniya, the Divine, or source, is able flow through your body freely.

In this deep meditative state, consciousness shifts which makes it possible for blockages and resistances to dissipate, or transform. In many cases, these blockages are actually only self imposed limitations. You’re able to tap into the subtle energies of your body and create a healing space. Your body’s innate ability to heal itself can function more optimally.

It can take many years of training and practice for someone learning Sat Nam Rasayan to reach and maintain a state of shuniya. Often, Sat Nam Rasayan is performed in a therapeutic setting or sacred space and the state of shuniya is held by a healer or experienced teachers for others to benefit from it and heal.

Performed in this way, Sat Nam Rasayan reinforces the idea that all people are connected to each other through loving energy. It reinforces the idea of the universal self.

History of Sat Nam Rasayan

It is said that for thousands of years, Sat Nam Rasayan was taught directly from teacher to student in silence. Students would learn by exposure to their teacher’s aura and psychic influence. Over many years, training continued until a student could reach and maintain a state of shuniya. Once the teacher was able to witness a student’s ability to maintain a state of shuniya, the student would become a teacher and a healer of others.

It wasn’t until Yogi Bhajan taught Sat Nam Rasayan to Guru Dev Singh and tasked him with sharing it widely that the practice took a written and more formally taught form. Guru Dev Singh went on to establish the Sat Nam Rasayan International School.

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Satnam meaning

If you’ve practiced Kundalini yoga before you’ve probably heard the mantra Sat Nam in class. It is one of the most commonly used mantras in this yoga lineage. And for good reason! The Sanskrit word Sat means “truth/honest/right” and Nam means “name.” Together, Sat Nam translates to “I am the truth” or “My essence is truth.”

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One of the main goals of the Kundalini yoga is to awaken your full capacity of human consciousness. You can think of it this way: to recognize your true identity. Repetition of the mantra Sat Nam is a strong and supportive reminder of this journey. 

The mantra Sat Nam is used in many kriyas, such as Sat Kriya. It is even the default mantra for poses if another one is not specified. You’ll also find that most Kundalini practices close with this mantra. 

Another Kundalini practice that I love for its ability to awaken your consciousness is Ek Ong Kar. The mantra Ek Ong Kar translates to “the creation of one God” and describes how you are a creation of the divine. YOU are divine. 

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Benefits Of Sat Nam Rasayan

Sat Nam Rasayan claims multiple benefits:

  • Relaxation and calmness
  • Stress Relief
  • Emotional support: reduces fear, depression, and anger
  • Encourages 
  • Mental clarity, concentration and focus
  • Reduction in physical pain
  • Assists the healing process for physical ailments

Similar to other forms of meditation, Sat Nam Rasayan is said to help people achieve a better sense of well-being, self knowledge, and balance in life.

Because Sat Nam Rasayan works in the neutral mind, it helps practitioners to release expectations. Judgement, criticism, and prejudices will naturally start to diminish. As they do, acceptance and compassion tend to take their place.

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    When To Practice Sat Nam Rasayan

    As a meditative practice, Sat Nam Rasayan can be practiced at any time. Balancing the energy body in a neutral place is an excellent health maintenance practice to incorporate into your lifestyle. 

    That being said, it is common for people to gravitate towards the practice when issues arise like illness, physical ailments, spiritual concerns, emotional problems, or issues in relationship dynamics. 

    How To Practice Sat Nam Rasayan

    You can be trained in Sat Nam Rasayan or you can choose to have sessions facilitated by a trained practitioner.

    A beautiful aspect of Sat Nam Rasayan healing is that by going to a place of stillness with shuniya, the practitioner does not need to discuss with the patient why they want to request healings. The practitioner instead just needs to access the neutral space of stillness. In this way the healer simply notices and helps to remove blocks or resistances (such as preconceptions, limits, or distractions) that stand in the way of the person’s ability to heal freely. The healing already exists within the person as one of many innate abilities.

    To facilitate a Sat Nam Rasayan session, the ‘receiver’ lays down on their back and the ‘giver’ gently places a hand on the ‘receivers’ arm (similar to Reiki) or holds their hands a few inches above the ‘receivers’ body. It is also possible to perform a session with no physical contact. The ‘healer’ then creates a space of shuniya via a meditative state and enters a therapeutic relationship with the ‘receiver’. While similar to Reiki, Sat Nam Rasayan does not invoke energy. It is simply a practice of opening up as a vessel for healing energy to come through. 

    Yogi Bhajan was a Sikh. Kundalini yoga and Sikhism are connected through divine sounds, called Naad. Kundalini yoga meditation practices are used to enter the space of shuniya because they work with the reserve capacity of energy in the human body. With regular practice, Kundalini yoga techniques can increase your intuition and heighten your sensitivity. Naad yoga is also incorporated in Sat Nam Rasayan. Sikh Gurus sang ecstatic poems while in highly elevated states of consciousness. These songs and poems are often used to enter the state of shuniya.

    While a 1:1 practice is common, Sat Nam Rasayan can also be facilitated in a group setting or by yourself as part of your sadhana. If you choose to work with a Sat Nam Rasayan practitioner, healing can also be done remotely. Physical proximity is not required.

    You can choose to cover your eyes with a sleep mask, use ear plugs, hold crystals, play music, or burn incense to create a calm meditative space. Nothing is required so you can make it personal for yourself. You may choose to just lay calmly in silence.

    Everyone’s experience with Sat Nam Rasayan is unique. Often, each time you have a session you will feel differently. You may feel nothing. Don’t worry. If you don’t feel anything, it doesn’t mean your body didn’t receive any benefits from the practice. You may also feel like someone is touching you, feel tired, feel energized, see colors, feel vibrations, or feel at peace. Some people fall asleep.

    After a session of this extraordinary holistic healing art, drink water. Hydration is important. Also consider eating something nourishing or perform an activity to ground yourself, like a nature walk.

    Closing Thoughts

    Sat Nam Rasayan showcases the healing potential of a consistent Kundalini yoga practice. 

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