Mantras for your Yoga Practice and their Meaning

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Mantras can be used during meditation, to open a yoga practice or for daily practices. They are powerful tools to focus, create vibrations in the body and to set an intention for a specific topic.

In this post, we will explore the meaning of some powerful mantras for healing, peace, love, protection, and for breaking bad habits and how you can use them in your yoga practice.

1. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (Adi Mantra)

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Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo Is a kundalini mantra for protection. Translated, it means: “I connect with the cosmic energy and the sublime path that guides me from darkness into the light.”

Turn to the sacred within you and trust in you. Trust in your path that you have chosen. Trust your inner voice that says: There is so much more that awaits you. This mantra is a beautiful mantra to start your practice helping you to take the power of the universe and apply it to your practice.

This mantra is both meant to protect us and to connect us with our higher self and universal wisdom within us.

2. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

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Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a kundalini mantra that means “May all human beings and living creatures everywhere in this world be happy and free. May all my thoughts, words and actions contribute to this happiness and freedom for all.”

Find stability and peace within. This is a prayer of love away from your personal, egoistic self towards aiming for a more global wellbeing. Chant this mantra before your practice to radiate and share your love to the world around you.

3. OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

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OM Shanti Shanti Shanti is a mantra about peace. Shanti means peace. The first Shanti stands for personal, inner peace. The second one stands for peace in relationships. The third Shanti stands for peace of the whole world.

To put this mantra into practice, you may cultivate a peaceful mind by practicing mindfulness and meditation. Once you created a mind that is more in harmony and peace you will automatically be able to create more harmony for others alike.

4. Sa Ta Na Ma

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Sa Ta Na Ma is a powerful kundalini mantra containing the seed sounds SSS, TTT, NNN, MMM, AAA. It is there to break through habits and behavioral patterns, to balance the two brain hemispheres, to bring the five elements of the body and the mind into harmony and to discover your purpose in life. Sa means birth, Ta means Life, Na stands for death, Ma is rebirth.

Also known under the name kirtan kriya, singing the mantra is said to activate the higher chakras and improve function of the pineal and pituitary glands.

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5. OM

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Om is the most famous mantra of all mantras. Read my previous article 5 Secret Facts about OM that will enrich your Yoga Practice to learn more about the mantra.

For thousands of years, the mantra OM has been used by buddhists and hindus as a symbol for the divine.

The sound of OM describes the primal sound of the universe and creates a seamless vibration that flows through the body from toes to the top of the head. Sing the sound of OM to center yourself, and to create inner peace and harmony within you.

6. Ra Ma Da Sa Say So Hung

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Ra Ma Da Sa Say So Hung is a kundalini yoga mantra for self and distance healing. Ra means sun, whereas Ma means ‘the moon’. Da means ‘the earth’, Sa stands for Infinity and Say for ‘You’. Finally So Hung means personal identity.

Yogi Bhajan states that this is probably one of the most powerful healing mantras that exists. Try this mantra if you want to send some healing energy to a beloved one or even to someone who is far away from you:

“For healing at a distance, this is the mantra. It cuts across time and space so you can send healing energy to someone thousands of miles away as easily as you can send it to someone across the room.”
-Shakti Parwha Kaur

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