Mantra meditation is a form of meditation that is focused on the silent or spoken repetition of a word or phrase to anchor attention and awareness. Whether you choose a Sanskrit mantra like Sohum (“I am”) or a phrase that doubles as an affirmation (“I am peace”), the goal is to find the words that help cultivate awareness of the present moment. The mind will wander, as is natural, and the use of a mantra helps to draw the attention back to the present.
Thomas Ashley-Farrand is the preeminent authority on yogic mantras. In Chakra Mantras, he brings previously hidden knowledge from India and Tibet and teaches us through the use of mantras how to activate our secret chakras, which contain the keys to our spiritual progress.
Ever wonder what you're chanting during yoga class that always seems to instill a profound sense of calm? Take a look at the neuroscience behind how mantras make potent additions to your yogic practices, and find one that works best for you.