Think of a mantra as a mental instrument that fine-tunes your yoga practice. Incorporating mantras into practice can help to make it sacred and take it out of the realm of the physical and into a higher state of awareness. Cultivating a sonic presence can be liberating in a way, as you experience the numinous nature of the sound. It is said that each chakra has a particular vibration and certain mantras can resonate and harmonize that energy. The incorporation of mantras unites sound, body, and mind in a deeply philosophical experience.
The mantra: Om
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.
The mantra: Ong Namo Guru Dav Namo
Pronunciation: Oong namo Guru dav namo
I bow to the creative energy of the infinite. I bow to the Divine channel of wisdom. This Gurmukhi mantra opens the communication channel between the student and the Divine teacher.
Purnam adah purnam idam purnat purnam udachyate | purnasya purnam adaya purnam evavashishyate
The opening invocation of the Isha Upanishad, a Sanskrit text that delves into the knowledge of the Self. This passage expresses the fundamental idea that the One and the Many are the same; the visible and the invisible, the microcosm and the macrocosm are both the Whole. Simply put—we are one. When you feel alone or misunderstood, this mantra can help you refocus your thoughts.
A chant from the Upanishads, a collection of ancient Indian philosophical texts
Pronunciation: Om saha nav avatu saha nau bhunaktu saha viryam karavavahai tejasvi navadhitam astu ma vidvishavahai Om shanti shanti shanti
May we together be protected, May we together be nourished. May we work together with vigor, May our study be illuminating. May we be free from discord. Om Peace, Peace, Peace!
This mantra is often recited at the beginning of a joint study or venture, making it a good option for anything from anchoring a yoga practice to embracing a new opportunity, be it a job or a relationship.