In yoga, Mantra is the repetition of a sound, syllable, word or series of sounds, syllables or words, expressing intellectual or emotional content. Chanting is speaking or singing the Mantra out loud. Chanting alone creates vibrations within and outside of your body, and chanting in a group adds a resonance of vibrations which are enveloping, like you feel when listening to the music and singers in a band. Mantras may be in Sanskrit, the language of ancient Yogis, or in your own language.
An example of chanted Mantra outside of Yoga is what cheerleaders do on the sidelines of sporting events. When the crowd becomes involved, and the crowd is usually lopsided in cheering for the home team, you may understand the concept of home field advantage.
In yoga, Mantra is designed to clear your mind of streams of thoughts. A clear mind will assist you:
Mantras are typically soothing. When a Mantra is chanted, the vibrations of your voice will vibrate your spinal column and skull, which in turn, becomes a massage of your nerves, your nervous system, and your muscles.
Learn about Mantra from the Kundalini Yoga 3HO website.
Here are two of my favorite Mantras. Click on the Mantras to
Gobinday, Mukanday, Udharay, Aparay, Hariang, Kariang, Nirnamay, Akamay
The Mantra eliminates karmic blocks and past errors, balances brain hemispheres, purifies the magnetic field, and brings compassion and patience.
Sustaining, Liberating, Enlightening, Infinite, Destroying, Creating, Nameless, Desireless
Go to the Spirit Voyage music store and click on album cur #7 to listen to a two minute sample of this chant.
This mantra stimulates the kundalini energy for healing and activates the neutral mind.
Ra = Sun
Ma = Moon
Da = Earth
Sa = Impersonal Infinity
Sa Say = Totality of Infinity
So = Personal sense of merger and identity
Hung = The infinite, vibrating and real
And here is a two minute sample of the Ra Ma Da Sa mantra by clicking on album cut #3.