What is Naam®?
"Naam is more than yoga, as it combines esoteric spiritual methodologies from the East and West into a comprehensive, yet accessible, practice. It incorporates the use of movement/poses, breath work, hand positions (mudras) and chanting of healing meditations (mantra) in a systematic way designed to heal disease, relieve chronic and emotional pain, manage stress, release self-limiting thought patterns, reduce anxiety, depression, and bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Naam is a holistic system for self-healing and self-realization that addresses the entire being while harmonizing the individual with life itself."
- Dr Joseph Michael Levry, Founder of Naam
Naam is a practical, universal system of self-healing dedicated to uplifting humanity.
Naam unites the spiritual doctrines of Eastern and Western mysticism with ancient and advanced yogic practices. The purpose of Naam is to heal the physical body, expand one’s consciousness and to become universal in nature by acknowledging the divine essence in oneself, in all beings and in all sacred traditions.
The word “Naam” refers to mathematically structured sound current present in sacred mantra and prayer from an extensive range of mystical backgrounds and traditions. As a yogic science, Naam combines healing sound current with powerful and distinctive breath work, dynamic physical movement and mudras (hand seals) that beneficially impact the body’s energetic meridian system.
Naam is a complete and joyful approach to personal mind-body wellness and universal consciousness. It is an invaluable self-healing technology that balances the brain, the glandular, digestive, and nervous systems, allowing people to experience vibrant health. Naam merges the precise science of breath, sound, movement, and mudra therapy (hand postures) with the practical application of the laws of nature using the wisdom of Universal Kabbalah for total wellbeing.
Recognized by the Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Therapy, Naam is physically and spiritually therapeutic and rehabilitative. It is for people of all ages and all levels of flexibility. Anyone can do it!
Raises energy levels
Balances the glandular, digestive, and nervous systems
Strengthens the immune system
Relieves chronic pain
Reduces emotional disturbance
Manages and reduces stress
Reduces anxiety and depression
Breaks negative thought and emotional patterns
Improves overall health and well- being
Increases feelings of happiness and contentment
Naam is also one of the fastest growing styles of yoga in the world. Since 2011, three world-record setting Naam Yoga classes dedicated to peace and healing, led by our founder, Dr Joseph Michael Levry, have taken place in Mexico City: Zocalo (12,000 people) in 2011; Revolution Monument (15,000 people) in 2012; and the Angel of Independence (21,000 people) in 2014.
Naam's immense popularity and international growth continues, with a special dedication to serving community and humankind.
The name Naam, which was adopted in 2006, is the result of Dr. Joseph Michael Levry’s relationship to the late Saint Baba Virsa Singh Ji of New Delhi, India. In the manner of his spiritual tradition, with the rare capacity he was entrusted to hold, he bestowed Dr. Levry with the spiritually transmitted gift of “Naam”. Saint Baba Virsa Singh Ji received the capacity to transmit Naam to others directly from Baba Siri Chand, the son of Guru Nanak.
In late 2004, Dr. Levry directly received Naam through a mysterious encounter with Saint Baba Virsa Singh Ji. This sparked the birth of what is now known as Naam in the West, a merging of Universal Kabbalah with the yogic practices of the East under the auspices of Naam.
The practice of Naam has been developed through Dr. Levry’s lifelong study of various forms of yoga, Kabbalah and Eastern Oriental movement arts. He has been teaching this unique fusion since the 1980’s. As a teacher, student and researcher, his commitment to learning and synthesizing spiritual wisdom innate in all traditions continues to flourish and expand.