When most of us make our New Year’s yoga resolutions, we tend to focus on our asana practice – usually to do more of it. But yoga is a full spectrum lifestyle that aims to bring the body, emotions, intellect and spirit into harmony. While we spend time with the poses and exploring ways to keep our bodies healthy and strong, it is important to remember that everything is interconnected and we can/should look for ways to be in balance.
To start the New Year tuning in to the vibration of the Universe, the mantras below will help you find peace and stillness, connecting with your highest self and creating abundance for the year to come.
Om Namah Shivaya
What it means: This mantra translated as “I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self”.
Benefits: It reminds us that we are made of divine energy. We are powerful, we are capable, and we are not separate from the Universe — in fact, we are the Universe.
Om Gum Ganapataye Namaha
What it means: Om and salutations to Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles. May I be blessed with good luck, success, knowledge, and wisdom.
Benefits: Obstacles arrive on our path for us to learn, grow, and become better humans. This mantra encourages us to see the lessons behind the obstacles in our lives and promotes the luck, success, knowledge, and wisdom required to overcome them.
Om Ram Ramaya Namaha
What it means: This mantra can be translated and interpreted from the Sanskrit as “Salutations to Rama, the bestower of happiness, inner peace and balance. May your warrior energy, inner focus and personal integrity reside within me.”
Benefits: The Rama mantra is believed to clear your energy channels for emotional and mental healing, happiness, and overall wellness. You can use it daily to bring bliss and healing into your life.
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha
What it means: Om and salutations to the goddess Tara. May you protect me from fear, danger, suffering, and illness. May you purify all the impurities of my body, speech, and mind.
Benefits: Tara embodies the spirit of Bodhisattva—the selfless and compassionate work towards removing fear and suffering from the world. When your thoughts, words, and actions align with the spirit of a Tibetan goddess, you remove fear, danger, suffering, and illness from your life as well as the lives of others.
Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo
What it means: This Kundalini mantra, also called Adi Mantra, is translated as “I bow to the wisdom of the Universe. I bow to the teacher within it.”
Benefits: Chanted three times for protection and connection with the divine at the beginning of every Kundalini class, but you can use it anytime you would like in your meditations or everyday life.
Apart from practicing your tongue twisting skills (joking, obviously 😜), combining these mantras with your yoga practice will give you a powerful and energising experience. Alternatively, if you need time to quieten down, go within and reflect on the year just passed, you can simply sit and chant the mantra silently during your meditation.
I wish you all strength, fulfilness and potential to manifest your true self in the New Year.