Most important mantras
These three mantras are especially beneficial if you make a resolve/sankalpa before chanting them:
1) Mahamrityunjaya mantra >> make a resolve for health, well-being, vitality and strength.
2) Gayatri mantra >> make a resolve for mental tranquillity, clarity, creativity and wisdom.
3) Durga mantra >> make a resolve for overcoming distress, attain serenity, remove disturbance, learn to adjust and gain peace.
4) Hare Krishna Mantra
There are ample versions of the great Hare Krishna mantra availabe on youtube, vimeo, spotify and soundcloud. But this is a really beautiful one which we chant at Divine Yoga.
Mantra - Yoga of the heart
Mantra chanting or mantra yoga is often called "yoga of the 🧡". Why is that so?
When chanting or singing mantras you create an environment in which you naturally sink into relaxation. With the relaxation comes a calm mind, contentment and a light feeling in your heart.
If you practise yoga, it is likely that you chanted "Aum" to begin or end of a class already. That means you already practising mantra yoga.
But chanting "Aum" at the beginning or end of a class is just a fraction out of the mantra realm. You can improve your yoga practice by using various mantras. Mantras have different purposes.
Some mantras can give even more benefits to your life when you make a “sankalpa" before chanting it.
What is a sankalpa? Sankalpa is a resolve or intention that is made 'during your practice of yoga nidra’ and 'before chanting a specific mantra'.
The word sankalpa is best explained by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga, India:
“It is not a wish. It is a conviction. It is trust and faith in oneself, in one’s own strength and courage. A Sankalpa cannot be “I wish it is like...” or “I wish to become that…” That is not a sankalpa, that is wishful thinking or daydreaming." How to make a correct sankalpa?
➡️ A sankalpa can be a short- or long-term goal/resolve.
➡️ Start with small goals or ’sub-goals’ to achieve later your main goal. It is more effective to make small steps in between to reach later the main goal you have in your mind.
➡️ A sankalpa is a short phrase or sentence, clearly expressed with positive words and with belief and conviction.
➡️ Repeat it three times mentally, using the same words each time.
➡️ Say it mentally in the right tense.
CORRECT > I start running to improve my health or I am running to ...
NOT CORRECT > I will start running to improve my health.