Over the last five months I’ve been exposed to different mantras in my yoga teacher training program, each one with their own unique benefits.  If you want to join me in the 21 day japa yoga challenge (daily chanting), consider one of the beautiful and powerful mantras below.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Behold! The Jewel of the Lotus. Behold the Path to your Dharma to transform the illusions of one’s self and unite with our heart’s true nature

This is a gorgeous mantra that you can do following the music online here. It will get stuck in your head for days!

Om Namah Shivaya

AUM: Triads. 3 states of waking, dreaming, deep sleep / 3 levels of gross, subtle, casual / 3 levels of conscious, unconscious, subconscious / 3 levels of becoming, being and going
Namah: Adoration, homage, respect. Nothing is mine, rather everything is All
Shiva: Absolute reality that is the ground for which all emerges, realization of this one becomes the absolute reality

Traditionally, it is accepted to be a powerful healing mantra beneficial for all physical and mental ailments. Soulful recitation of this mantra brings peace to the heart and joy to the Soul. Sages consider that the recitation of these syllables is sound therapy for the body and nectar for the soul. The nature of the mantra is the calling upon the higher self; it is the calling upon shiva, the destroyer deity, to aid in the death (destruction of ego) and rebirth achieved during meditation.

Aum Aim  Hreem Saraswatyai Namaha

Om I bow to the flowing one who’s essence is wisdom and the power to manifest.
Om and salutations to the bestower of wisdom, intelligence, knowledge and creative artistic energy

Om Hrim Namah Shivaya Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah 

I worship the force of compassion, Shiva, in the great ocean of mercy, who is easily pleased. Ultimately responds to us in a spontaneous gesture, to flow and uplift our devotion

A very powerful mantra pronounced Om hreem nama-ha shivayyya, tashmai shri guruvé na-ma-ha

And the one I’m doing for the challenge:

Om Gum Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha

Om and Salutations. I invoke the Remover of Obstacles and the Great Feminine Principle of Great Abundance.

Om: Seed* of Unity; also used as a greeting of reverence.
Gum: masculine Seed of Ganapathi, a benevolent energy that re-orders obstacles in our life to clear a path for our highest good.
Shrim: feminine Seed of Lakshmi, the source of abundance in all forms; chanting this seed builds our ability to attract and maintain abundance.
Maha: the direct translation is ‘great’; this sound also invokes heart energy to center the mantra in compassion and love.
Lakshmiyei: Yei is a shakti activating sound; shakti literally translates as “to be able” and represents empowerment, or sacred force. Chanting Lakshmi-yei activates the energy of Lakshmi within us.
Swaha: an offering up to. The alternate ending to such a mantra is Namaha: bowing down to.

Every morning, I follow the beautiful chanting and music to this mantra here.