What is Mantra? The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: Man, which means mind and Tra, which means vehicle or transport. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. It’s simply a vehicle that helps you access heightened levels of awareness. Awareness referring to the ability to pay attention to the choices you make in your everyday life, and recognize when something isn’t working so you can change it. Developing a daily meditation practice helps cultivate a more present, peaceful, and balanced lifestyle. Mantras can help bring you back to that present state of mind.
Suggested Mantras to begin: Mantra: OM
Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe.
OM is a blissful way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.
Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
Translation: I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.
This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and treat ourselves accordingly.
Mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
This mantra is a powerful way to dedicate yourself to living a life of non-harming and being of service to the greater good. This mantra encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony with the environment, animals and our fellow human beings.