The Power of Mantra and the Gayatri Mantra
Mantra is a word or phrase that is repeated many times and is used to help connect your breath and provide support in your yoga journey. Mantras have been used for thousands of years and are in the ancient Hindu language of Sanskrit. Mantra is the combination of two words; Ma – meaning mind and Tra – meaning tool. So mantras create a way to still the mind, provide calmness and bring joy.
What is a Mantra?
Mantras resonate deep in our soul and help purify the mind. Chanting mantras bring clarity and create a positive impact on your thoughts. You can sing mantras outwardly or to yourself in your mind. I encourage you to incorporate mantras into your daily yoga practice. Mantras should be repeated and can be repeated as little as three times to the ideal amount of 108 daily.
Why incorporate Gayatri Mantra into your daily practice?
The mantra I incorporate into my daily life is the power of Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Mantra is one of the oldest mantras and is about bringing light and dispelling darkness, negativity, and unconscious patterns. The meaning of the Sanskrit words is: “O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.”
Below is the Gayatri Mantra, which can be read or sung.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha,
Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracho Dayateh
I hope learning this powerful Gayatri Mantra brings you joy and brings light into your life. Namaste.
This blog was created by Jennifer Smeddy, M.Ed., RYT 500 who has been practicing yoga for over twenty-five years and was formally diagnosed with RA in 2021. She believes that her passion lies in helping others develop strong personal practices and creating space to be happy and healthy. Jennifer is someone who enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. She is currently the director and a lead instructor at LeadingYoga.com teaching online yoga classes and yoga teacher training certification coursework.
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