– Mantra-Yoga: using sound in yoga
– Mantra: bringing vibrations into the astral body
– Practicing Mantra-Yoga: with a teacher
– Example of OM mantra yoga: exercise
– Mantra: benefits on stress, joy, concentration…
Mantra-Yoga: using sound in yoga
The origin of Mantra Yoga goes back to the ancient texts of India: the Vedas.
The mantra: a sound or a phrase
The “mantra” means in Sanskrit: sound, sentence. The mantra perhaps:
– a sound repeated in a loud or low voice (but most often in a loud voice because of the vibratory aspect of the sound),
– a sentence or phrase that you repeat as many times as you wish.
In some philosophies/religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism, repetition of the mantra is prevalent.
The “OM”: the most straightforward mantra
The best-known mantra and the easiest to memorize is the “OM.” Beginners of mantra yoga usually start with this sound before learning a longer mantra.
According to some ancient Hindu writings, the OM represents a primordial sound at the origin of the world’s creation.
It is pronounced A-U-M in a diphthong: mantras often come from Sanskrit, and not all letters are pronounced like those in our alphabet.
Mantra: bringing vibrations into the astral body
The purpose of the mantra is to bring vibrations into the astral body. The celestial body is that which is not visible to the naked eye and is composed of energy.
These vibrations will also aim to harmonize the energy centers inside the body: chakras and nadis.
Mantra plays an equally important role in Kundalini-Yoga since it acts on the awakening of the Kundalini and allows the circulation of vital energy.
Practicing Mantra Yoga: with a teacher
It would help if you practice it with a yoga teacher:
– you must pronounce the mantra correctly to have the best possible effect on the exercise,
– It is, therefore, necessary to have heard it from a mantra yoga teacher before practicing it,
During the practice of Mantra yoga (or Japa yoga), the mantra’s role is to bring concentration on the sound.
One can also practice meditation on a mantra.
Note: the mantra is all the more useful as a support as it stops the constant flow of our parasitic thoughts.
Example of mantra yoga on OM: exercise
Working on the Om is one of the first steps when starting.
One always starts by emptying as much air as possible from the lungs as one exhales, then :
– we breathe in gently while reciting the Ooooooo,
– we exhale slowly on the sound Mmmmmm,
– and so on.
This exercise is practiced in a sitting posture, ideally the lotus posture :
– Beginners sometimes find it challenging to sit in this position, so they can do it sitting on a chair,
– In all cases, it is imperative to have a straight back to practice.
Mantra: benefits on stress, joy, concentration …
The practice of Japa yoga or Mantra yoga (this post) is very beneficial if practiced regularly. Its benefits :
– improves mental concentration,
– provides an emotional relief,
– reduces or eliminates stress,
– provides a feeling of relaxation,
– gives more vitality to the body,
– makes it possible to experience more joy in everyday life, etc.
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