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April 27, 2015
Mantra Yoga is one of the nine main styles that originated in India. In many Hatha and fitness yoga classes, there is a small taste of mantra practice. It could be that the opening Aum or Om at the beginning of the class is the only practice in your class, but mantra is a timeless technique with many benefits.
The Good Vibrations of Yoga Mantras
Somewhere along the way in your yoga practice, you probably heard the adage, "There's no place like OM." Indeed, Om is the most simple of mantras, and this one powerful sound has the ability ease you into a state of relaxation. Simplified, a mantra is a sound repeated out loud, which can assist you with better focus while practicing yoga or meditation.
Beyond this, mantras have the power to tap into our prana, which is the Sanskrit word for life force. Ancient Hindu yogis recognized the healing influence of sound as far back as 5000 years ago. The teachings of these masters state that disturbances in our energy fields are the source of most illness.
Vibration is the key to healing mantras. The pulsation of the chanting can stimulate areas of the brain and rewire it, so to speak. Once your brain is in an altered state of consciousness, you are more relaxed and less stressed. Experts agree that illness links back to stress, so stress-relieving action is a healing one.
Healers have practiced the effect of specific sounds on brain wave patterns. One of the most powerful healing mantras known is:
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung
The literal meaning of this mantra is, "I am Thou." However, each sound is symbolic and connected to the energies of the Divine Mother. This eight sound mantra, tied to chakras, and created to stimulate the Kundalini flow, sends a healing impulse through the center of the spine up to the crown chakra. By chanting this mantra consistently, you will activate the subconscious mind to start the healing process.
Once the healing begins, you may want to turn your attention to abundance. Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of good fortune, and chanting to her can alter the vibration fields surrounding prosperity. An abundance mantra is most effective when repeated 108 times a day for a minimum of 40 days. A powerful mantra for good fortune is:
Om shrim maha lakshmiyei swaha, pronounced as Om shreem mah-hah lahk-shmee-yay swah-hah. The meaning of this mantra is, "Om and salutations to she who manifests every kind of abundance."
The teachings of Buddha tell us that what the mind focuses on, it will create. Mantras are a great aid to quiet the excessive chatter in our mind, so that we can focus on whatever we desire to manifest. It's just that simple, choose a mantra, and enjoy the good vibrations.
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