Today is the day! Our community is ready to put our 14 Day Mantra Meditation practice into action. If you’re still seeking some inspiration, no stress – we’ve got you covered. We asked our Namaste teachers to share with us mantras they are currently using to live a stronger, fuller life. We’ll be sharing these as the challenge progresses over the next two weeks. To get started, here is part one of three inspiring posts full of wisdom straight from the mouths of our Namaste teachers:
Jill Lindsay White
Catch Jill teaching Therapeutic Yoga Thursdays 4:30-5:45 PM and Saturdays 8:30-9:45 AM at Namaste Rockridge. And for our Grand Lake students, don’t miss her Fridays 10:00-11:30 AM!
atha yoga-anushasanam ||1||
अथ योगानुशासनम् ॥१॥
atha yoga-anuśāsanam ॥1॥
“now, begins the exploration of yoga. ”
This is the first sutra of the yoga sutras. I have been chanting it in class with my students as the year begins. Discussing the symbolism of “atha” that auspicious “now”. “Now is the beginning, the “atha” is the bija or seed mantra to that whole sutra. Each time we get distracted and we forget our place, our breath, our way, on and off the mat, we can use “atha”, “now” I realize and begin again.
Yoga is non-judgmental.
She is always ready to take us back, to let us begin again and again.
In India my teachers always say,”Asana is for the body, pranayama for the breath and mantra for the mind”
That’s all to say, I’m all about the power of mantra. and often have students use “om” chanting and moving!
Catch Kameko Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at Namaste Grand Lake for 7:00-8:00 AM Morning Vinyasa!
I like the mantra “So Ham”. Sanskrit phrase meaning “I Am That”. “I Am” signifies individual consciousness and “That” signifies Universal Consciousness. Anything you see in the world is a reflection of universal consciousness. The mantra helps the individual, small self, identify with all that is.
It also serves as a reminder that everything we witness in the world, whether pleasant or unpleasant, judged positively or negatively, is within us.
It’s easy to judge others for their shortcomings, greed, hate, etc., but So Ham reminds us that we have those traits in us too, that we sometimes act from greed and hate. It cultivates connection rather than separation.
Don’t miss a chance to practice with Domonick! Mondays/Wednesdays 4:30-5:50 PM Hatha at Namaste Rockridge, 8:15-9:15 AM Pranayama and 9:30-11:00 AM Hatha at Namaste Grand Lake, and 9:30-10:50 AM Saturdays at Namaste Rockridge.
Think about what you personally need to hear. Often Mantras begin as affirmations, “I am, I choose to be, I believe…” Mantras are statements, not questions, that enforce a value or belief about ourselves and the world.