How to Use Mantras During Yoga Practice and Meditation

Friday, May 06, 2022

Mantras or “sacred songs” are a kind of prayer and are considered to have mystical and spiritual power. Mantra is a carefully chosen word or a phrase that as you repeat, will bring about a greater understanding of oneself and the laws of nature.

Mantras strive to free the mind from illusion. We can pronounce a mantra aloud or in ourselves. In the yogic tradition, mantras help to calm the mind and direct it to meditation.

How to Use Mantras During Yoga Practice and Meditation

We can use a mantra during our yoga practice or meditation. There are many mantras, but let’s take a look at the most famous ones.

  1. Om

The most basic form of the mantra is “Om” or “Aum”, a word that is considered the source and foundation of all mantras. Also, it is the word with which it all began. Many believe that this syllable contains the original sound of the Universe. This short sound has a lot of energy.

  1. Om Mani Padme Hum

Another famous mantra is "Om Mani Padme Hum”, which roughly translated means “jewel in the lotus”. This mantra refers to knowledge, insight, and empathy as necessary things for achieving enlightenment.

  1. Om Namah Shivaya

“Om Namah Shivaya” means “praise for the successful” or “worship of God Shiva”. Shiva is considered a destroyer, but he also symbolizes the inner Self, and this mantra is sung during meditation to help in the realization of the inner Self. The mantra possesses the qualities of prayer, divine love, truth, and bliss.

  1. So Hum

Another common mantra is “So hum” meaning “I am” and that refers to identifying oneself with the Universe, being one with everything.

Conclusion on Using Mantras During Yoga

This is why Sanskrit mantras are so powerful. With the proper use of mantras, it is possible to achieve almost everything in life. Mantras, therefore, operate on both a material and a spiritual level.

From today's point of view, a personal mantra can also be a positive affirmation, a favorite phrase or quote that inspires and simulate us to be the best we can be. We can easily create our mantra or positive affirmation. For instance, in a state of a calm mind, we can suggest to ourselves that we are healthy, balanced, and completely free. We can conclude that by using a mantra we can strengthen our commitment to practice, and help to get exactly what we want from our practices.

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