We are all filled with energy, it is neither created or destroyed, it can only be transformed from one form to another.

With the Law of the Conservation of Energy in mind, we’re going to guide you through some of the most popular yoga mantras that you can use to channel your energy and improve your mind, body and soul.

Meaning behind the mantra

A mantra is a type of prayer, often used by yoga practitioner, religious people, and, in general, anyone looking to enhance their well-being.

In Sanskrit, the word itself is the combination of ‘man’ meaning mind and ‘tra’ meaning instrument, making mantra the tool of the mind.

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Finding peace

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or not, engaging in healthy exercise is good for the body. Mantras on the other hand help the soul and aid you in finding your inner peace.

You may ask: “What is the best mantra in the world?” But, the answer isn’t so simple. Mantras are as unique as people themselves, they implore power. Each has its own unique purpose and spiritual connection for the user.

This is why it’s up to an individual to discover which is the best mantra to chant every day for themselves.

But, are you still searching for yours? Then let’s explore some of the most important mantras for daily life.

Top 11 mantras

The best Sanskrit mantras

1. OM

The king of mantras. The OM is the sound of the universe, resonating at 432 Hz, this is the entire world in just one intensely pleasurable sound. Unlike some of the more difficult mantras, there’s very little need to worry how to pronounce it right. Find its peace in yourself.

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2. TheGayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

A little more of a challenge. The Gayatri mantra is perfect for asking for light, illumination, clarity and wisdom.

3. The Shiva Mantra

Om namah shivaya

Shiva is a primary deity in Hinduism. A male force, he is the creator and the destroyer. His mantra is perfect for bringing your mind to order with all the forces of the universe.

4. The Ganesh Mantra

Om gam ganapataye namaha

Ganesh is a Hindu deity, depicted with an elephant’s head on a human body. It is said he is the ‘breaker of obstacles’. Making this mantra one to try when you are facing a challenge.

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The Christian meditations

Some Christians find it challenging to reconcile the mantras used in yoga with their faith, others see it as just another type of prayer and choose to incorporate more traditional Christian prayers into their practice. Wherever you fall on the spectrum here’s two meditation mantras for you:

5. The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference

Usually associated with AA, however, the Serenity Prayer can be a useful mantra to get you through tough times giving you strength and knowledge through serenity.

6. Prayer for assistance

O God come to my assistance, O Lord make haste to help me

If things have taken a turn for the worst, take solace in these words. This mantra calls God to help and support you.

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The modern affirmations

With the modern world at our fingertips, it can be difficult to find good meditation mantras that truly fit our needs.

This is why many are changing the words of traditional mantras, capturing their energy and bringing that power smack-bang into this century. These mantras are for modern women (and men):

7. For Anxiety

Anxiety is contagious. And so is calm

When chaos is all around, remain calm and you’ll attract good to you. Even if what you’re experiencing that moment isn’t ideal, try to channel your energy into something positive.

8. Self-assurance

I am enough

If the challenges are piling up, get in your pose, breath and repeat these words. By having faith in yourself, you’ll be more prepared to take charge of whatever is bothering you.

9. Trust

Where I am right now is precisely where I need to be

Sometimes it’s hard to know the right answer; so, this is one of the good meditation mantras for when you are having doubts. Remind yourself that where you are is intentional – perhaps it’s a learning moment for you? A new challenge to take on? Or even an exciting opportunity.

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10. Having faith

I have a purpose

We all have times when we question whether everything is random or serves a higher purpose, so it’s time to remind yourself of yours.

11. Spreading love

Breathing in, I send myself love. Breathing out, I send love to someone else who needs it

There’s nowhere near enough love in the world, so it’s time to direct your energy towards yourself and the world, providing it with a little extra, much-needed care.

Remember, the most powerful mantra in the world is the one you to which dedicate your entire energy.

Written by Maria Isabella Neverovich
Maria is an Irish writer, Health Editor at Verv, lover of forests, mountains and all things nature. She enjoys discovering new vegetarian dishes, creating...
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