The Power Of Kundalini Mantras
Have you ever found yourself in a yoga class wondering what is the deal with all this chanting? Or maybe you have even felt a little out of your comfort zone. You are not alone, many people feel uncomfortable or self-conscious at first because there is a weak connection to what or why they are chanting. I used to observe myself stumbling over Sanskrit mantras, struggling to keep up and feeling a bit awkward. It wasn’t until I dove deeper into the study of Kundalini Yoga, that the power of the mantra really unfolded for me. When I learned why it was so beneficial to chant, I developed a deeper connection and I now practice them daily to uplift my spirits.
What is a Mantra
In Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness, mantras are frequently used to balance the chakras and elevate the psyche. A mantra is a series of repeated words chanted out loud or silently to enhance a meditational or spiritual state of being; “Man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport. Kundalini uses the power of sound as a vehicle of the mind.
Why do We Need Mantras
Humans are creatures of habit. We form habitual thinking patterns, more often negative than positive because of our protective hardwiring. These negative patterns get stored in our subconscious and if they aren’t cleared with healthy practices, then we can end up overwhelmed. Mantras help us break the negative habitual thinking patterns that lead to anxiety by cutting through the stream of mind chatter with sound.
How do Kundalini Mantras Work
The power of Kundalini mantras is in the sound vibration and rhythmical repetition. There are 84 meridian points located on the roof of our mouth. The movement of our tongue when chanting stimulates these meridian points, activating the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus regulates hunger, drinking, body temperature, sleep and triggers regulation of moods and emotional behavior. According to Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan, when we chant, the hypothalamus receives impulses from the repetition of each mantra and its vibration harmonizes our brain chemistry. Essentially mantras work as formulas or code that have the power to alter obsessive thinking patterns.
The Power of Sound Repetition
When we repeat patterns of thought and sound, they counter our habitual thinking patterns and break them. They release stored patterns of thinking and feeling allowing a new, more balanced pattern to establish itself. This can create a powerful transformation for those of us who are anxious because it redirects the stress response by adjusting the flow of thoughts and creating new energy.
So if you are stuck on a particular thought or concern, try chanting a mantra. You can simply start with repeating the Kundalini Mantra, Sat Naam, which means “our truth is our identity and we are vibrating our existence.” The more you chant a specific mantra the more comfortable you get with it and the more you will unlock its powerful benefits.
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