By Sangeetha Saran
You may have covered mantras in your yoga teacher training, but there are many different purposes for this practice. Creating a state of mind where one can focus, gain self-confidence or bring about feelings of tranquility. Some of us may have been given a specific mantra from our yoga instructors, while others may be drawn to a popular mantra.
Let’s face it, life is busy. We are always on the go and there is always something that needs done. Work, school, family, and friends along with the myriad of other obligations that fill our days can wreak havoc on us, physically and emotionally. If you are at the point where you have realized that it is time to slow down and gain some perspective, use your Yoga practice to help you do that. Whether you are a beginner or someone who has been doing Yoga for a long time, Yoga training can help you to take a deep breath and slow down so that you can find your equilibrium again.
One of the best ways to find tranquility is to focus on clearing your mind during your practice. This can be done by focusing on a certain spot or a maybe a certain word. Many people use the word “om” as a mantra during their practice. By clearing the mind and focusing on your breathing, you can help keep the stress of the day under control. Finding that calmness and sense of balance can help us to deal with the things that pull us in so many different directions.
Of course, sometimes we need more than Yoga training to find that sense of tranquility. Sometimes it is best if we just try to not take on so much. Everyone needs to have downtime and relax. However we are almost ingrained to keep going twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. That simply isn’t healthy for anyone. By slowing down a bit and focusing on ourselves, we can actually strengthen our resolve. Our practice can help us to see what is really important versus what isn’t. Clearing your mind and clearing your schedule are two very good ways to retain a sense of serenity.
If you find yourself feeling overscheduled and overwhelmed you can use your Yoga practice to create some serenity. After all, Yoga has been used for thousands of years to promote calmness and self awareness. It is a discipline that has helped millions of people to focus on their strengths and find inner peace. Let your practice do that for you.
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