Mantras are a yoga tool you can use to calm your mind anywhere, anytime. When you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or sluggish, choose a word, phrase, or invocation and chant it in a way that works for you: loudly, softly, or even internally. To reap the most benefits, shorter mantras should be chanted 108 times (mala beads can help with keeping count) and longer mantras can be repeated up to three times. In any case, allocate a few minutes to focus your attention on the rhythm and vibration of your mantra.
Om is said to be the first sound heard at the creation of the universe. When each syllable is pronounced fully, you should feel the energy of the sound lifting from your pelvic floor all the way up through the crown of your head. The droning sound of the Om is said to unblock the throat chakra, which can lead to more attuned communication with others.
Truth Is My Name
Used in the Kundalini Yoga practice, Sat Nam can be a way to tap into your intuition. This mantra is also incredibly empowering and often use to quell self-doubt, insecurities, or nervousness. Sat is extended eight times longer than Nam. If you really want the mantra to radiate from the base of your spine to the center of your head, make the Sat much longer than the Nam.
Ong Namo Gurudav Namo:
Acknowledging the Teacher Within
This mantra opens the communication channel between the student and the Divine teacher. Chanting this mantra also manifests the will to trust life’s journey by looking within to one’s deep, inner knowing.
I bow to the creative energy of the infinite. I bow to the Divine channel of wisdom.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu:
It represents auspiciousness and good fortune for all. If you often dedicate your practice or meditation to someone, this one is for you.
May the rulers of the earth protect the well-being of the people.
With justice, by means of the right path.
May there always be good fortune for all living beings.
May all the inhabitants of the world be full of happiness.