This mantra is sometimes sung at the beginning or end of a yoga class. It can be on its own or as part of a longer song or collection of matra. I think it is beautiful and often meditate on it – wishing good things to people and recognising that our own thoughts and actions have an impact on everyone is food for thought. It can help when we are making choices in our lives.
Chanting mantra has many health benefits, in my classes I use them to help extend the exhalation which in turn leads to a more complete in- breath – thus training the body to breath fully. The Sanskrit sounds, said to date back to the beginning of time, have vibrational qualities that sooth and resonate in different parts of our being – from the outer body right down into the inner soul. I like to teach the meanings of the words so that they can be thought of during the chant creating a positive mental attitude, similar to affirmations.
Once you have chanted the mantra 3 times or more, it’s important to sit, reflect and feel the silence for a few moments. It is surprising how clear your thoughts are when you have practiced this simple exercise.
If you’d like to find out more about this mantra try this website which gives you information about it’s background.