Mantras and Japa

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What is the Practical Application of Mantra Practice?

When you practice mantra meditation you are centering your core being. You are learning to calm your mind, focus your inner energy and put yourself at peace mentally and spiritually. With mediation practice you can become calmer, more focused and less stressed at everyday activities. It is important for everyone to know how to slow their bodies down and reconnect with their inner self on a regular basis. You will feel rejuvenated and more centered after mediation with mantras and will be able to go through your day more effectively and balanced.

What Should Teachers Know About Mantras?

Chanting mantras can be a rewarding and personal part of your practice. As you delve into the discovery of this aspect of yoga, you will find yourself drawn to specific mantras that you will want to share with your students.

Singing Kirtan for a Balanced Throat Chakra

Chanting mantras and the sacred names of Gods and Goddesses with the ragas is an important element of Kirtan singing in the context of a Yoga practice. The musical arrangements of the notes themselves deeply impact the chakras. There are a number of Kirtan musicians who have recorded a variety of devotional chants in a classical Yogic fashion.

Practical Ways to Include Chanting into your Yoga Class

Many Yoga teachers find it difficult to include these practices in their classes due to time constraints and unfamiliarity with these methods on the part of both the instructor and the students. Chanting sacred syllables, mantras and scriptural verses has been shown to calm an overactive mind, focus one’s attention on positive, uplifting thoughts, and even balance the flow of life force energy throughout the body.

Yoga Mantras for Different Purposes

When you practice your mantra in your sessions, you will soon find yourself slipping into areas of one dimensional or non-thought much easier. The mantra is designed as a focal point for the mind to rest during your sessions and simply to become still.

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is from the Krishna Yajur Veda. Mrityunjaya is another name for Lord Shiva, the great Yogi who is actually said to have existed and to have conquered death.

More Mantras for Kundalini Yoga Practice

According to the wisdom of Kundalini Yoga, repeating a sacred mantra internally, or externally, shifts the energy in and around you. The more you repeat a sacred mantra, the stronger the vibration becomes and the more able the vibration is to activate your chakras and cleanse the mind of any negativity. As we begin to regularly practice mantra repetition, the mantras begin to vibrate at a deep energetic level.

Mantras for Kundalini Yoga Practice

If you are practicing the repetition of a mantra internally, you may find using a mala helpful. A mala is a string of sacred beads that helps you to keep track of how many mantra repetitions you have completed. A mala also helps to focus your mind on the mantra practice. Mantra repetition is a very effective practice for activating the chakras because of the vibratory effect of the mantras on the energy vortexes, or chakras, themselves.

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