In Sanskrit, the ancient language of Yoga philosophy and Vedic texts, man means “mind” and tra means “to free”. In the yogic tradition, we chant mantras to free our minds of the ever wavering thoughts and constant chatter.
Since the Sanskrit language arose from India & Hinduism, certain Mantras invoke the qualities of Hindu deities. For example, if you want to call in wealth and abundance you chant to the Goddess Lakshmi. Saraswati is the Goddess of music, words and knowledge, So I begin each day with a chant to Saraswati Ma. Throughout India this is common practice.
For those of us new to Yoga and hanging around mostly in the west, we may need guidance in deciding which qualities need balancing in our lives. And maybe we don’t yet understand which deity is in charge of what. That’s ok, because one thing we all have cross culturally is glands.
The major endocrine glands in the body include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, and adrenal glands. Phew thats a mouth full! When we chant mantras in Sanskrit, the language is designed so beautifully that it creates certain chambers and presses activation points inside our mouths. For example, when your tongue presses up against the top of your mouth, it is known to activate the pituitary gland, which regulates your metabolism. It’s a mouth, body connection!
Repetitive chanting of mantras activates your entire system bringing it into alignment & keeping you healthy. When your body is functioning at its optimal level, your body & brain release dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin the feel good, happiness hormones. Mantras are proven by science to help you feel happy!
We’ll go into more detail into the happiness of sound in a later post, for now, just know that Yogi’s have been chanting mantras since before written word, and the proof is in the practice. You can make the experiment yourself, and see what chanting can do for your own personal health & happiness by joining one of my free mantra meditation challenges given throughout the year.
Next week, we’ll talk about seed mantras, or bija mantras, which are mantras that have no linguistic meaning but can serve to balance your energetic system. Sign up for the Leela Project’s newsletterso you don’t miss a thang!
In the meantime, enjoy Gayatri Mantra sung by your’s truly. The Gayatri mantra is sung for world peace. I believe in peace through connection. Share with someone you wish to connect with today.