Mind Vehicle

As a practitioner of yoga and meditation, mantras are important to me. I listen to mantras as I practice yoga, which I feel puts me in a certain state of mind to really focus on my practice and further my journey.

Mantras are defined as “a word, saying or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.” Mantras are so much more than this definition. Mantras can be used at any point during the day…but, how do we find a mantra that resonates with us?

It is a misconception by some that a mantra has to be spiritual or religious in nature. A mantra can be as simple as repeating OM (union of the mind, body and spirit; divine universality) or it can be a positive affirmation such as, “I am enough.” Focusing on your mantra, if even for just as few minutes a day, will start to become part of your thought processes that lead to positive changes in our lives. Patanjali (Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) states in Sutra I-14, “Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnest.” This can be hard for our society of immediate gratification to accept. When Patanjali says, “a long time,” he is not giving a time frame, but stating that we must stick with our practice “in all earnest.” We must not give up if after a couple of days we do not feel significantly different somehow. Instead, we must stick with our mantra and show dedication to it, which shows dedication to our self-care.

My favorite mantra is Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha, which translates to “salutations to the remover of obstacles.” This is a mantra dedicated to Ganesha, who is the remover of obstacles and the giver of wisdom. I mentioned this mantra in one of my past posts and included a link to a beautiful version by Edo & Jo.

It is important to remember not to get caught up in trying to find a Sanskrit mantra or one dedicated to a particular god. What is important is that the mantra you select means something to you. This may mean you select multiple mantras, which is also lovely. I urge you to try this practice and see how it lands within you.

Published by yogacultstl

I am a Yoga Trapeze and Vinyasa Yoga instructor. Both of these practices offer amazing benefits to our minds, bodies and spirits. Through pranayama (breath techniques), asanas (postures) and meditation, I offer unique classes based upon the needs and wants to each student. Vinyasa is the style of mat-based yoga I teach. It is fairly fast-paced and focuses on one-breath-per-movement flow. We start slow in our warm-up, add heat to the body with our sun salutations, warrior dance and peaks. We cool down with floor poses and end in our beloved Savasana (corpse pose). Yoga Trapeze is the inversion style of yoga that I teach. It is a fantastic upper-body workout, varies in intensity and is very therapeutic. As a teacher of both vinyasa yoga and yoga trapeze, I offer a wide-range of yoga experiences for my students. At times, I will incorporate some vinyasa flow into my yoga trapeze classes, which is a lot of fun. I focus on balance, strength-training and flexibility training and breath to increase my students awareness of their bodies and bring them into the present moment to get the most out of their sessions. I love to have fun and good energy in my classes and work within the limitations of each unique student, while at the same time, pushing the students to their edge. My motto is practice makes progress.

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