When I did teacher training in New Mexico a few years ago, I must admit, I got really tired of singing this song.
As I grow as a teacher I've come to appreciate it more and more.
So I wrote my own version... (I'll post a video soon).
BLESSINGS ON YOUR WAY
To me, the song is a sweet melodic send-off. It is not just sung for the people in the room, but for anyone we might be holding in our hearts, or keeping in our thoughts. It is a prayer of well-being and happiness for those we love to love, and for those whom we might find a challenge to love.
Ending the class in this way, gives us the opportunity to be thankful for the work we did, and send that healing energy beyond the yoga studio.
There is something to be said for songs that everyone can sing along to. As silly as some songs may be, there is a bonding that happens when we all know them. The Beatles wrote so many of these kinds of songs. Their music had the added benefit of being really sweet to listen to, not just easy sing-along music.
No matter where you are in the world, if you take a Kundalini Yoga class, you know you'll be tuning in with the Adi Mantra (i.e. "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo") and closing the class with the Longtime Sun. In a few classes, you'll get to know the lyrics well.
If you don't already. Here you go:
May the longtime sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on
And what a great way to end this blog.
May the longtime sun shine upon YOU and YOU and YOU,