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Yoga Mantras for Managing Anxiety

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

yoga instructor trainingBy Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500

Anxious thoughts and feelings are very common in our fast-paced world. Many of us often struggle with a long to-do list full of many social and professional obligations. Sometimes, we also struggle with anxious thoughts that arise from memories of traumatic experiences. As these anxious thoughts and feelings become more and more deeply engraved in our minds and bodies, they begin to perpetuate themselves by being more strongly linked together. There are many Yogic techniques for quieting the mind, choosing life-affirming thoughts, and resting in stillness. The repetition of a sacred syllable or mantra is one of these techniques. Gently, and firmly, shifting your thinking patterns towards more uplifting and soothing thoughts will help to calm down your mind, body, and spirit. As your level of anxiety lessens, you will be able to deeply rest and rejuvenate your life force.

Affirmation and Mantra

A positive affirmation will reduce anxiety. A mantra is a sacred syllable or word. It is also known in some spiritual traditions as a mantram. A mantra is different from a positive affirmation. The very syllables of a mantra vibrate with the essential energy of divinity. A good example of a very well known mantra is the word, “Om.” According to quantum physicists, “Om” actually vibrates with the same frequency as the zero point field, which is the energetic underpinning of creation. If one has had the experience of receiving an enlivened mantra from an enlightened master, the mantra will be imbued with the divine grace or shakti of both the guru, from whom you receive it, and the blessings of his or her spiritual lineage.

If you do not have a mantra that has been given to you by a guru or spiritual teacher, you may wish to choose a mantra that resonates deeply with your own spirit and cultural upbringing. There are different mantras from many spiritual traditions. Some may be acceptable, while others may not be, depending on one’s religious beliefs.  If one experiences feelings of discomfort, due to his or her religious beliefs, a positive affirmation in one’s native language is the best solution.

Mantra, Affirmation, and Religion

“So Hum” is a mantra that is often practiced within Yogic circles, which means, “I am that, that I am.” Repeating So Hum allows you to rest in the divinity within your own being.  The affirmation: “I am that, that I am” is also a viable solution to rid anxiety.  Interestingly, the following words (from God to Moses) can be also be found in the Torah within Exodus 3:14: “Ehyeh asher ehyeh,” which can be translated as: “I Will Be What I Will Be.”  In many modern day English-based Christian Bibles, these words can be seen as: “I am that I am” or “I am who I am.”

Traditional Hindu Mantra

“Om Namah Shivaya” is another very well known mantra from the Hindu tradition. It means, “I bow to Shiva.” This mantra honors the divine essence of Shiva within one’s own being and also invokes Shiva’s presence. You may wish to repeat the mantra you have chosen for a period of time before meditation or during a japa walk. It is advised to repeat the mantra once on your in breath and once on your out breath. In this way, your breathing will become deeper and more regular, further easing anxiety.

Conclusion

Never choose a method, which causes anxiety.  Everyone has a preference for mantra or for positive affirmation.  One of the popular purposes of these two techniques is to release anxiety.  If that is your objective, choose a method that you can live with.  Some people have strong objections to practicing traditional Sanskrit mantra.  If that is the case, positive affirmations in your own language will effectively help you purge anxiety from the mind and body, without compromising your religious beliefs. 

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A Sample of Yoga Mantras and Their Benefits

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

yoga teacher trainingBy Sangeetha Saran

Yoga teacher training covers many aspects, including mantra. Mantras are words or phrases used in Yoga. They can be chanted, repeated softly, or repeated silently. They are used for many purposes in Yoga such as for meditation and healing.

Yoga mantras can be derived from any language and can have different meanings than what one would normally associate the words or phrases with. Mantras, when used appropriately, can have a significant influence on well-being.

Om is considered one of the most important mantras. Om is said to be the sound of the infinite. Contained within it are all the scriptures of the world. It is used at the beginning of meditation as it helps focus the mind.

Om namo is often repeated before addressing a particular deity. Om retains its significance as first mentioned. Namo means to appreciate, honor and to be humbled. So, these sounds together literally mean: “to give thanks to.”

Om namo ganeshaya is used at the beginning of an undertaking to bring about success by removing obstacles.

Om namo lakshmai is associated with prosperity in all aspects of life including the financial, emotional, and spiritual areas of life.

Om namo shivaya is the tranquil insight to meditation that expels all negative qualities.

Om namo narayana is repeated in times of trouble to bring harmony and balance back into life. This is a powerful mantra that can also help one achieve Enlightenment.

The use of mantras have many benefits. Mantras used during meditation helps to clear the mind of all worldly thoughts so as to help one focus and meditate. Paulji states: Mantra serves us as a blanket of sound during meditation.”

Mantras have also been known to have healing powers. The deep vibration felt during the chanting of mantras helps to cleanse the mind and body. They can have a profound effect on the internal organs, helping them to function more efficiently.

Mantras have been known to improve digestion, blood circulation and heart rate. Mantras can help one in overcoming mental or emotional problems, which can elevate one’s mood. They are also great for alleviating stress and bringing about a relaxed feeling. The extended benefit of this is that one can achieve a sound sleep, waking up feeling refreshed, and be ready for the next day’s challenges.

Due to the immediate physical and mental benefits brought about by practicing mantras, overall general health will improve. You should set aside time each day for meditation and practice the the use of Yoga mantras. You will see your health and life improve as you continue this practice.

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