Guest Author - Tracy Webb
Some Yoga practices encourage the use of mantra chanting. A mantra is a sound, or collection of words thought to create transformation. A mantra is usually sang or repeated several times in order for the chanter to bring their energy into the vibration of the mantra.
Science shows that all life is energy, and everything that exists is emitting its own individual frequency. This frequency is determined, and transmitted, through our thoughts. When we are happy we emit a happy frequency, which attaches to similar frequencies (like attracts like), and color our experience.
On the other hand, when we are sad we attract experiences that support being sad.
Mantra’s work in the same way, by chanting a mantra you bring a positive vibration into your energy field, and attract like vibrations to you. Buddhist monks chant mantra’s regularly to keep their energy fields pure, and clear of any negativity.
In Yoga practice, chanting Om is popular. Om; pronounced Aum, is a sacred word of Hindu origins, and is the universal symbol for God. Om chanted at the beginning of a yoga session, helps to bring the student into harmony. It’s also used at the end of a session to give thanks for the teaching, and to send the student on their way feeling peaceful.
Om is chanted using the breath, and is carried as long as you are able. For example; the chanter will start on the out breath, Auuuuuuuummmmm, take a breath, and repeat the chant. This is may be chanted for as short as a minute, or up to 20 minutes.
A class I attend regularly chants The Gayatri Mantra. This mantra is in Sanskrit, and can take a while to master. It’s said to be the more powerful mantra as it cleanses the spirit, and brings grace to the chanter. I will share it with you here.
The Gayatri Mantra
The words alongside are how the Sanskrit words are pronounced.
Om - aum
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah – boor a boor a swa ha
Tat Savitur Varenyam – tat sav eh tur va en eh e ya
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi – bar go day vasa dee man ee
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat – dee yo yo nah pra cho die at
For more information, check out Gayatri Mantra - Inner Meaning
You can also listen to the The Gayatri Mantra by Deva Premal on YouTube to get a feel for how it sounds.
If you’ve never tried chanting before, I strongly recommend it. Chanting mantra's are beneficial for both the listener, and the chanter.