Written By Whitney James
For those who enjoy yoga or spend time meditating, chances are the word mantra already carries significant meaning. But no matter how much time you spend in down dog, learning to use mantras in your daily life can be a powerful and transformative practice.
A Sanskrit term that represents a word or phrase that holds spiritual and even psychological importance, today mantras are used far beyond the four corners of our yoga mats. A mantra can draw focus to a particular sentiment, from something as simple yet profound as “I am at peace,” to more literal ideas, such as moving oneself towards a specific goal for self-improvement. At Mandara, we are in favor of anything that has the ability to impact our lives for the better, and mantras are one of our favorite ways to set intention.
If you have never participated in the practice of reciting mantras, finding inspiration to begin can feel a little out of your comfort zone. Here are a few of our favorites from our teachers, teammates, and loved ones to help you get started:
I have everything I need.
I am on the right path.
I am finding balance every day.
No matter what it looks or sounds like, the key is that your mantra is something that resonates with you. It can be something you focus on with your mind, write in a journal, or shout from the rooftops. And like any powerful habit, mantras are most effective when repeated. But that doesn’t mean you can’t evolve. As our perspectives and circumstances change in life, so can our mantras. Remember to be flexible. One day you might encourage yourself to show up and be brave, and the next, simply give yourself permission to be content with where you are.
There’s no better time to set a daily intention than when you take your Mandara. Consider creating a Mandara Mantra routine by taking your Calm Oil or Joy Softgel at the same time as your morning tea or evening journaling. We encourage you to take a deep breath, refocus on your mantra, and carry on with more purpose and resilience into your busy day.