In our Yoga practice, Mantras are often employed. Mantra is a Sanskrit word, generally defined as “divine speech”, or transformative sound. When we recite Mantra, not only do the words have power, but the very vibration and sound (which IS vibration) have power. Notice how your body often vibrates within as a word is sung or recited..or even breathed, like a whisper. According to Yoga teaching, the physical vibration in the body clears the Chakras, bringing another sense of peace and awareness. Chant mindfully and feel the difference….
Om…the universal sound vibration representing the world
Shanti….Sanskrit for Peace
When said or chanted, this is a simple prayer for peace within ourselves, and within all beings
OM MANI PADME HUM
Translation: The jewel in the lotus of the heart
Inspired by the lotus flower that takes root in the mud, yet blossoms beautifully toward the sun, this MANTRA is a reminder that transformation is possible under any circumstances. It is a much-used, often-heard Mantra among the Tibetan Buddhists.
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
Translation: I bow to the goodness within myself
This MANTRA has roots in the Hindu tradition and it honors the god, Shiva.
It is a reminder that there is goodness within all things, and we honor that.