During meditation, a mantra is a word or short phrase that you continually repeat either aloud or silently to yourself in order to focus and clear your mind of any thoughts. Eventually, you can let go of the mantra and find yourself in the place of stillness and silence that is the goal of meditation. And some schools, such as Kundalini and Jivamukti, choose to incorporate Sanskrit mantras into their practices in order to enhance the spiritual, emotional, and mental benefits of yoga.
How to Use Mantras
Every mantra produces a unique sound and vibration that, when recited, is able to stimulate various areas of the brain, bringing about positive results that include relaxation, clarity, and natural healing. A mantra can be chanted while focusing upon a specific part of the body that needs to be healed, such as an organ or a limb. And chanting mantras that are associated with each of the seven chakras in the body can stimulate these energy centers to get the life force flowing again and promote healing within these areas as well.
Spiritually, mantras help you to reaffirm positive attitudes about yourself and release the ego. They also remind you that you're connected to the universe. This can help you feel more grounded, while enhancing what you learn and feel through yoga poses, in order to find a calm center of wellbeing.
3 Healing Mantras to Try
"Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung"
This is one of the most well-known mantras used to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal itself. The first half of the mantra, "Ra Ma Da Sa," is associated with the earth's healing energies, while the second half, "Sa Say So Hung," is associated with the universe's healing power. Simply reciting this mantra and really focusing on it can help give the immune system a boost while calming the nervous system, putting you into a state of calm where healing can take place. But it is also associated with strengthening and healing the mind and emotions, so it works for those who are hoping to overcome past traumas or current heartaches.
"Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guru Devay Nameh"
This healing mantra is chanted in order to create a field of protection, surrounding you in positive energy. Use it whenever you feel anxious in order to bring about a sense of ease. Like many other mantras, it can even be used around animals who are nervous, ill, or frightened, as it works to calm them down. This is because both humans and animals respond to the vibrations of mantras in positive ways on a deep level. Once the body and mind are protected and calm, natural healing processes can take over.
"Om Namah Shivaya"
This is one of the most popular mantras, and one of the first that many people learn when they get into chanting. It is yet another that can release tension from the body and calm the nervous system. However, it's also known for its ability to balance all of the elements within the body: space, air, water, fire, and earth. Those who are familiar with Ayurveda and doshas will already know that these elements are found in each individual, but one of the keys to health is bringing them into balance. This particular mantra will ground and purify you, bring your body into a state of balance so that healing can take place, and also bring the environment around you into a state of harmony as well.
The effects of mantras are not always seen, but they are certainly felt. Whether chanted for healing, grounding, or as a tool to clear the mind for meditation, these unique sounds and vibrations have been used for thousands of years and are still employed by yogis around the world.