5 Amazing Mantras For Your Yoga ~
Mantra is a Sanskrit word for mind instrument. It is a sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Mantras are a yoga tool that can be used anytime, anywhere to awaken the self and calm the mind. Repetition of the mantra creates positive vibrations that benefit both the one who chants and the one who listens.
A mantra is like medicine for the soul. When you are feeling lonely, stressed, excited, or anxious, just pick a word, phrase, chant or invocation. You can either say it loudly, softly or even internally depending on your mood. Shorter mantras should be chanted 108 times (you can use mala beads) and longer mantras can be repeated up to three times to be able to obtain the most benefits. Allow yourself to focus your attention on the sound.
The pronunciation of mantras is very important. Your yoga teacher can teach you but if you are doing yoga on your own, you will definitely find this 5 amazing mantras for your yoga practice:
Pronounced as A-U-M. Ooooohhhhmmmmm!!! Why do you chant OM? It is said to be the first sound heard at the creation of the universe. It is more than just an invitation to start your practice. It connects us to and carries the Divine in vibrational form, making our prayers and mantras more effective with its increased pranic energy. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or meditation practice. It is a sound symbolizing reality. It also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.
2. OM SHANTIH SHANTIH SHANTIH
Pronounced as A-U-M, Shanti Shanti Shanti. (Om, Peace, Peace, Peace). Shanti simply means “peace” in body, speech, and mind. It means inner rather than outer peace. We chant it because we could all use more peace in our lives. It is impossible for us to be in harmony with others unless we’ve learned to develop harmony within our own minds. It’s a calling for peace everywhere in the universe.
3. OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
Om Namah Shivaya mantra is perhaps among the most powerful and the most popular mantras on the earth. This mantra means “adoration (namas) to Lord Shiva” or “I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.” The syllable “Ya” at the end of the mantra denotes an offering. This mantra is the ultimate tool to win the blessings of Lord Shiva (the totality, the ultimate God of everything). It helps build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.
4. LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU
This is a Sanskrit prayer that assists us in our spiritual evolution and acts as a blessing for the world. It means “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and that freedom for all.” By chanting this mantra, we move from our personal self and radiate a prayer of love for the world around us. It represents success and good fortune for all. The appropriate modern translation would be, “Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.”
5. SAT NAM
Sat Nam is the most basic mantra that we use when we practice Kundalini Yoga. Say it in such a way that Sat is extended eight times longer than Nam. Sat means “truth” – the reality of one’s existence and Nam means “name” or “identity.” It is often translated to as “true name” or “true vibration” or “Truth is my identity.” This is used as a greeting to acknowledge the Truth in each one of us. This truth has more to do with grooving within the essence of all that is true. Sat Nam is one mantra that links us up with the truth. It has the power to clear the subconscious mind so that old wounds no longer get in the way of Self-realization. It’s close to the saying “The truth shall set you free.”