Mantras I love

Brenda Rock

Mantras in yoga are formed using the ancient language of Sanskrit. A mantra is a word or sentence that is repeated. It becomes much more than a word - there is a sound, a feel to them too. They will have a spiritual meaning behind them too. We repeat them to get that 'felt sense' in the body. Like affirmations there is the mind body connection happening also.

In Hinduism and Buddhism a word or sound used in mantra is believed to have a special spiritual power. They are often repeated as an aid in meditation or prayer.

It can be used and expressed as a particular strong belief like when we think of people at a football match cheering or chanting "here we go, here we go, here we go".

We have a wonderful writer here in Ireland, Manchán Magan, who talks about the connections with Sanskrit and our own Irish language Gaeilge. How we structure our sentences and some of the words we use have been shown to be very similar. This is a great article on the Celtic and Vedic culture connection HERE.

The mantra (a word or phrase ) you repeat during meditation or asana practice can be a tool to help focus your racing mind. If you have trouble concentrating or getting in the right frame of mind it may help ground you in the present moment. Some people find that using a mantra can boost awareness and improve concentration too.

Here are some of my favourites. I incorporate mantra in our sessions in the Being Well with Brenda member group. If you have any questions please give me a shout.

Ananda Hum.I am pure joy.I am fulfilled because I am surrounded by an abundant source of energy that is always giving. As I allow myself to feel my own light shine, I allow myself to receive endless support. I am loved in my wholeness. I lack for nothing. I am filled with the joy this brings.

OM - the sound or vibration of the universe.

So Hum - Translated from Sanskrit, this mantra means “I am.” “I am” is a complete sentence! This mantra is great for balancing the Root Chakra, getting grounded in self-love, and connecting with your “enoughness.” Try taking on further affirmations if it feels right for you: I am here now. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am safe. I am becoming. I am enough.

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha - Ganesha is the elephant-headed Hindu god who is worshiped for his knowledge and wisdom. He’s a guardian of doors and temples, but most importantly, he’s known as the “breaker of obstacles.”

Brenda Rock

Brenda Rock is a Yoga Therapist as well as a facilitator of Hatha, Restorative and Nidra Yoga. She has over 25 years experience in the world of holistic health and wellbeing.Living in Slane, Co. Meath where she has a small studio for live and online classes/trainings. After receiving her 500hr certification in Hatha Yoga from Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2013 and Post Graduate Diploma In Yoga Therapy in 2016, Brenda has continued to expand her knowledge by attending teachings lead by Judith Lasater, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Donna Farhi, Jillian Pransky and Jane Dancey. Brenda also leads a week long retreat each year on Silver Island, Greece as well as shorter ones in Ireland. She continues her professional studies with a particular interest in Rest and Women’s Health with Menopause to the fore. Brenda also loves to include her joy and curiosity of living close to nature and the land with her writings in her bi-monthly newsletter.