In this week's blog, I’ll be exploring mantras and the benefit of mantras both on and off the mat.
With spiritual practices like yoga and meditation becoming more popular, it seems like everyone is talking about mantras. But what’s a mantra??
WHAT ARE MANTRAS?
A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration. They are a living force that are believed to have high spiritual and creative power.
Mantras can also be used as an affirmation and to help keep you connected to a particular state of mind. When using a mantra, it's believed that only the positive intentions and actions will fill your mind and negativity will be eliminated.
WHY ARE MANTRAS IMPORTANT?
Mantras can be a great way to help keep you focused and connected to a particular state of mind. You can choose a mantra based on how you're feeling or what you are needing in life. Whether you're looking for positivity, health, happiness, self love, or if you simply want to find balance, finding a mantra and sticking with it can help you cultivate that in your life.
HOW DO THEY HELP?
In a vinyasa flow yoga class, mantras can be used as a silent repetition to help keep the mind focused and present.
Off the mat, when you have difficulty focusing, your mind keeps wandering, or you’re in a stressful or uncomfortable position, a mantra can help you feel grounded and at ease.
Studies have shown that mantras can reduce stress levels and change your brain's chemistry. They interrupt your negative thoughts and experiences and give you something more positive to focus on instead.
Mantras help you maintain a connection to the state you wish to cultivate. Choosing a mantra in the morning can help set the tone for the rest of your day.
At the beginning of most yoga classes, the teacher will share a theme or invite you to create an intention or pick a mantra to use and help support you throughout your practice.
SOME POPULAR MANTRAS:
Endurance/Strength- "This too shall pass."
Love- "I am love."
Manifesting Love- “I am attracting all the love I dream and desire.”
Calmer mind- "Smile, breathe, and go slowly."
Being present- "Be here, now."
Allowing the universe to guide you- "I am open to receiving universal gifts."
Creating happiness- "Today I choose joy."
Release- "Close your eyes, clear your heart, let it go."
Empowerment- "I am capable of wonderful things."
Building Self-Confidence- “Today you are perfect.”
Strength and Willpower- “Forward progress, just keep moving.”
Enduring Tough Times- “you are the sky, everything else is the weather.”
Neutralizing Body Image- “I am strong. I am beautiful. I am enough.”
Radiating Gratitude- “I am grateful for all the things unfolding in my life & all that is yet to come.”
Starting the Day- “I am fullfilled, I am fearless.”
Ending the Day- “Less is more.”
MY FAVORITE: “It’s a great day to be alive.”