Photo Credit: Mantra: Sacred Words of Power by Thomas Ashley-Farrand Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated (December 2004)
Photo Credit: Mantra: Sacred Words of Power by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated (December 2004)

Happy Yoga Monday!

One of the juiciest parts of my yoga practice is my mantra chanting. Mantra is a sacred word, phrase or sound that is repeated during meditation to deepen your spiritual and/or yoga practice, and transform your spiritual consciousness.

Ganesh
Ganesh

The first mantra I learned and began using was “Om Gum Ganapataye Namaha.” I was introduced to it during a lay leadership training led by Reverend Beverly Biddle at Unity of Washington, D.C. in 2002. During the training, I learned the mantra can help remove obstacles from your life and resolve  problems and difficulties. I also learned it was associated with Ganesh, the Hindu elephant deity who removed obstacles. Click here to watch Deva Premal chant the mantra.

chakrasbook

shaktimantras

healingmantrasbook

After the training, I began using the mantra and reading about other mantras. my favorite mantra books are written by Thomas Ashley-Farrand (a/k/a Namadeva Acharya). They include Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting, Shakti Mantras: Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within, and Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing.

Do you chant mantras? What are your favorites?

Enjoy your day!

OM #YogaMonday OM!

Photo Credit: "OM" drawing by Ananda Leeke
Photo Credit: “OM” drawing by Ananda Leeke

PS: If you would like to read about my yoga journey, check out my memoir That Which Awakens Me on Amazon.com. It is available on Kindle

My debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One features a main character who works as a yoga teacher in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Love’s Troubadours’ Pinterest board which contains some great information about the novel. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.

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