Mantra in sanskrit means manas -mind or consciousness; tra or trayate -to free. So, transcending the mind or creating transformation.
Another aspect of chanting mantras that I have come to like is that the sanskrit words and sounds activate and vibrate the chakras. We have all experienced this from chanting Om at the beginning and ending of Yoga class and though we may not always pay attention to it, we've all noticed its affects.
Om namah shivaya
The chant for Shiva. Giving recognition to your true nature, and the true nature of the universe.
Om gam ganapataye namaha
The chant for Ganesha. Removing obstacles from our path.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be happy and free
Come to my class at Jai and get your chakras going! Jai Yoga Arts -Bushwick!
|Ganesha, Guay Yin Temple in Koh Samui, Thailand|