First up, what’s a mantra?
A mantra involves repetition of a word or sentence. Yogapedia breaks it down further here. Another word for mantra is incantation. You may have heard Tony Robbins talk about incantations and how they are part of his morning ritual.
Mantras and the language you use regularly are incredibly powerful and can lift you, or potentially send you in a spin on a downward cycle.
Yogi Bhajan explained:
“Mantras are not small things. Mantas have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the creation. The Science of Mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having power, structure, and a definite, predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.”
Now, onto 5 mantras you can use if you are starting out!
Allow yourself to settle in a seated position and get comfortable. Repeat in your mind as you breathe in, and as you exhale.
- I am breathing in. I am breathing out. (brings awareness into your body and cultivates presence)
- I am that I am (cultivates acceptance of the way you are on the mat, in your practice, no need to change)
- Aum (it’s the sound vibration of the universe. This one you repeat as you exhale)
- I am loving kindness (helps to practice self-care and compassion so you can also share loving kindness with your community)
- I am <insert the quality you want to cultivate? e.g. ‘I am calm’ or ‘I flow with the natural rhythm of life’ or ‘I trust life completely’
Have a go and let me know any questions! 🙂