Mindful Monday

For today’s mindful Monday blog we will be continuing the theme of mantras and learn about traditional mantras, their meanings, and their uses. This will give us a better understanding of mantras when they are used in your yoga classes and may help you develop your own mantra which has the same intentions and effects as the traditional mantras but may be better suited for your individual needs. Let’s start by looking at the most common, which were listed in last week’s blog, starting with Om.

Om or Aum

Pronounced ‘Ohm’. The primal cry. It means ‘It Is, Will Be or To Become’. It is the most universal mantra. For its simplicity and specific sound, it is considered to be the sound of the universe. It represents the original vibration, the cycle of life – the birth and death. Reincarnation.

Research tells us there could be a scientific reason behind the popularity of Aum. Chanting Aum is thought to match the natural frequency of the universe – 432 Hertz, thereby bringing us to harmonically resonate with the cosmos. In contrast, most modern music is thought to be consistent with the 440 Hertz frequency.

Aligning yourself with the lower frequency will calm you down and ease you into your meditation process.

Om Nama Shivaya

The translation is ‘I bow to Shiva’. Shiva is the supreme God of transformation who represents the highest self.’ It is one of the most popular Hindu mantras. It is called the Shiva Panchakshara or simply Panchakshara. The five syllable mantra. (‘Om’ is excluded.)