Mantra Yoga is a meditation practice that uses mantras to focus the mind, increase concentration and improve memory, reduce stress and boost energy. It also helps to dissolve bad karma and produce jnana (wisdom).
The Power of Mantra:
The power of mantras can transform you mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The repetition of a mantra is said to activate the chakras, dissolve bad karma and bring about self-realization.
How to Practice:
Mantra yoga is a quiet, simple practice that can help you to focus your attention. It involves repeating a mantra repeatedly, either out loud or in your mind. It can be as simple as “soham” and “hamsa”, or as complex as a series of ten chanting cycles.
What to do When You’re New:
To begin, pick a short and easy-to-remember mantra. One of the most popular ones is “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu,” which translates to “May all beings everywhere be happy and free.” You can use this mantra as a daily reminder to be kind to yourself, others, and the planet.
What to Expect:
The first few sessions will feel challenging, but you’ll get better and faster with repeated practice. Once you’ve become comfortable with the practice, you can work up to longer sessions and start using more advanced mantras.
How to Choose a Mantra:
You can choose a mantra based on your specific goals and needs, or you can ask a yoga teacher to recommend a good one for you. Mantras can be chants from the Hindu, Buddhist, or other traditions.