Is there a mantra for gratitude

7 mantras that every yogi should know

Literally translated, mantra means "that which protects the one who has received it". Traditionally, a mantra is given to a student by a teacher. By repeating this “his” mantra and being aware of its deep meaning, the effect of the mantra can be deep and fulfilling.

The magical words were received thousands of years ago by deeply meditating rishis, the Indian sages. You don't need to have studied Sanskrit to chant or recite mantras. Thinking about the meaning of the syllables is actually only of secondary importance, because mantras do not work on the "thinking level". In order to activate the energetic effects of the mantras, above all, conscious devotion is important. The constant repetition in a certain rhythm creates sound vibrations that affect the entire atmosphere. These energizing and healing energies penetrate our entire body and into our soul, where we are simply allowed to experience them. There are many different mantras with different effects, they make us very sensitive to sensations and are excellent for focusing thoughts and getting into meditative states. As always in yoga: trying is better than studying!

1. OM ॐ

Om is the best known and most important mantra in yoga and has been used by Buddhists and Hinduists as a symbol for the divine for thousands of years. The sacred syllable is made up of the three letters AUM and thus represents the trinity of universal principles such as past, present and future or the three main gods in Hinduism, Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. The sound of Om describes the primal sound of the universe and creates a harmonious vibration that noticeably permeates the body from the stomach to the top of the head. In almost all yoga styles, the Om is sung at the beginning and end of the yoga class in order to center oneself and to create inner peace and harmony.

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2. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a Mangala mantra and mantra for peace, harmony and happiness that comes from the millennia-old Rig Veda. Translated, the blessing means something like " May all beings in all worlds be happy ". It is intended to remind us that we are all connected and can only experience happiness ourselves if we open our hearts and show benevolence and love towards other living beings. Traditionally, the mantra is recited at the end of the yoga class to release positive vibrations and harmonious energies for world peace.

3. Ashtanga yoga mantra

The Ashtanga yoga mantra is an invocation or invocation of God, which is recited at the beginning of every Ashtanga yoga class in order to remember the millennia-old tradition with gratitude. Above all, the homage goes to the Indian scholar Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutra and decisive pioneer of many yoga traditions. The recitation also expresses the worship of the great teachers of past generations such as Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya.

aum vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe
niḥ-śreyase jaṅgali-kāyamāne
saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai
ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ
śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam
sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim aum

om, I bow to the lotus feet of the teachers,
which reveal the joyful knowledge of oneself,
a complete welfare jungle shaman.
He cures the most terrible poison of samsara.
The upper body of human form,
a conch shell (primal sound), a discus (infinity)
and carrying a sword (distinctive character),
Having a thousand bright heads
I bow to Patanjali. Om.

(Translation by Dr. Ronald Steiner)

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4. Anusara invocation

The founder of Anusara Yoga, John Friend, claims to have received the mantra from Master Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. It is recited three times at the beginning of each Anusara yoga class to acknowledge the divine energy and universal spirit.

Om Namah Shivaya Gurave
Saccidananda Murtaye
Nish prapanchaya Shantaya
Niralambaya Tejase

I bow to the light, the good in me, the true teacher.
This inner essence is truth, consciousness and happiness at the same time,
always there and filled with peace.
Is naturally free and shines with an unearthly glow - incomprehensible.

Sung by Ty Burhoe:



5. Kundalini mantra: Long Time Sun

Each Kundalini yoga class ends with the English mantra "Long Time Sun". The song is originally from the Incredible String Band, a Scottish hippie folk band of the 1960s and 70s. As Yogi Bhajan, the founder of modern Kundalini Yoga, listened to his students play the song, a worldwide tradition of ending every lesson soon developed.

May The Long Time Sun Shine Upon You
And All Love Surround You
And The Pure Light Within You
Guide your way on

Let the eternal sun shine on you
Love envelop you
and the pure light within you
show you the way.

From Snatam Kaur:

6. Avalokiteshvara mantra: Om mani padme hum

One of the most famous Buddhist mantras is "Om mani padme hum". By reciting this mantra, we invoke the Buddha of Compassion. Literally translated it means “Completely enlightened Avalokiteshvara, give me your immeasurable compassion. Free me from suffering. Lead me to enlightenment and give me your blessings ”.

7. Gayatri mantra

The Gayatri mantra is one of the most important in Hinduism. It comes from the Vedas and is an invocation of the inner light. It also has a meaning in many yoga classes and is often recited.

OM bhur bhuvah svaha
did savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah pracodayat OM

OM - We meditate on the splendor of the venerable divine,
the source of the three worlds: earth, air space and heavenly regions.
May the supreme divine enlighten us,
so that we may know the highest truth.


Christiane is a meditation teacher and blogger at Journey Inside Meditation and works independently as a marketing freelancer. She has been engaged in yoga and meditation since she was 17 to better understand herself and the dynamics of life.