Ah, the power of mantras and mudras! Ever since I started the 21-day Body, Mind & Soul Detox with the amazing Allie Von Fresson I have been intrigued by her use of mantras to deepen our practices. But what are mantras & mudras and how can you use them to deepen your yoga and meditation practices? First, let’s start with the basics…
What is Sanskrit?
Sanskrit is the language of the yogi’s because each word has its own consciousness and unique connection to the energy of the world. The word Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning “to yoke” or “unite”, stressing the importance of linking your body and mind, your breath and your movements. The tradition of yoga was actually created with the Sanskrit language and it is important, as a yogi, to understand the connection and meaning of this language. Check out this blog post for more about the universal mantra OM (AUM).
What is a mantra?
Mantras are words or sounds that can be repeated to maintain and regain your focus during any activity and raise your vibrational frequencies. Essentially when we use mantras we are allowing the words to be absorbed into us, turning negative thoughts or emotions into positive ones.
When we select a word, or series of words to be repeated in the form of a mantra, we are affirming it to ourselves and allowing its meaning to seep below the surface, into our subconscious. This helps to shift our negative habits and patterns into positive ones through positive reinforcement.
Some of my favorite mantras from the Body Mind Soul Detox & some of my own:
Om Hreem Hoom: I am creating the best version of myself
Om Brahma Namah: I invoke the creativity of the cosmos in my life
I am peace, I am calm, I am present.
Live in the now.
Your feelings do not define who you are.
What is a Mudra?
Simple hand gestures that are used to “seal” the practice. When I meditate I always have “an anchor”. An anchor can be anything; your breath, your body, a mantra or a mudra. Basically, it is used to bring your wandering mind back to home base. There are several common mudras that are linked to the five elements found within ourselves & the universe. I end every meditation session with the Anjali Mudra.
Start by bringing your palms together in front of your heart or third eye (forehead area) and bow your head. This symbolizes respect and appreciation for yourself and the universe. “The light in me honors & accepts the light in you” This mudra expresses love and gratitude and is a beautiful way to end any practice.
How can I benefit from using them?
Mantras & Mudras are SO easy to incorporate into your daily practice no matter what level you are at. There are mudras for every chakra, every element and countless others with varying purposes. Experiment with that you like the best and see how it affects your practice. Like I mentioned, using a mudra is a great anchor if you find that your mind wanders or gets distracted during meditation. Really connect with it and feel the energy radiating from your hands into your body, mind, and soul.
Mantras are amazing for raising your vibrational frequencies. Just like tuning a piano, our frequencies will rise to meet the highest frequency. Therefore, when we repeat negative sayings, seek negative energies or dwell on negative emotions, we are actually lowering our true potentials. This is why using mantras is so important!
What mantras do you use? What’s your favorite mudra? I love hearing what resonates and works for you, so leave a comment below!