What are Mantras in Yoga and How to Find Yours

If you are not a seasoned yogi, the phrases and jargon used in the yoga space probably sound like a foreign language. More popular yoga terms, like mantra, you’ve likely heard used in non-yoga contexts. A favorite quote one lives their life by might be called their “mantra.” You might think of mantras when you think of meditation (om...om…).

But what does the word mean? What is a mantra, and how can you find yours?

Keep reading to learn all about mantras, why they are useful in yoga, and how you can find the perfect one for you (don’t worry if you’re not the most creative—we included some ideas for inspiration below!).

What are mantras in yoga?

The word mantra comes from the Sanskrit words man meaning “thought” and -tra meaning “to transport.” So, a mantra is a thought that transports us, especially when it is repeated. It could be a phrase, sentence (I can do this), or word (om) that shifts our energy.

Mantras have the power to change our energy, but it’s not always for the better. Mantras can also be harmful if it’s a negative phrase you often repeat that lowers your energy. Because of this, it’s essential to be aware of the power of mantras and choose them wisely.

So, how do mantras come into play in yoga? Well, the idea behind a mantra is to ground and center us in the present moment. A big part of yoga is to be present with your body and mind, which is why mantras can be a great tool to incorporate into your yoga practice. 

How to find your mantra

Whatever mantra you choose, it should be something that resonates with you and the goals you are trying to achieve through yoga. Don’t worry about committing to a mantra. You can change your mantra as frequently as you change your yoga and life goals—every year, every month, or even every day.

If you’re having trouble finding a mantra that resonates with you, here are some ideas:

  • Om
  • Om Shanti (Om Peace)
  • Love
  • I am enough
  • I am beautiful
  • I am healthy
  • I am capable
  • I am strong
  • Bliss
  • I am present 
  • I am in the moment

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