Practicing Yoga with Mantra:
The Real Power Yoga
Saturday January 22, 2011, 3-5 pm, Yoga Community, Sonoma, CA
Ignite your own inner power in the new year through the simple power and grace of connecting yoga asana and meditation with sound (mantra).
Want to learn to chant but feel it’s hard to “learn the words?” Love to move with sound while practicing yoga?
One of the easiest and most fun ways to learn yoga’s traditional mantras is to chant while practicing asana. In this two hour extended practice we will practice yoga asana incorporating the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, one of the most traditional and powerful of all mantras, and end with a meditation on Aum, or Pranava (Ishvara Pranidhana) according to Patanjali’s outline in the Yoga Sutra. The effects of the practice are absolutely transcendent.
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a healing, nourishing, and strengthening mantra. The healing force awakened by this mantra sends forth its ripples from the body to the mind to the soul. It strengthens the power of will, knowledge and action, unblocking fear and the flow of enthusiasm, courage and determination. The vibration of this mantra empowers us to overcome all obstacles while empowering the healer within. It removes physical, mental, and celestial ailments to bring auspiciousness and happiness to life.
It’s promise is well revealed by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Director of the Himalayan Institue: May the light of your knowledge be bright enough to dispel the darkness of your ignorance.
Like the descent through layers of tension to rest in the release of Savasana, Ishvara pranidhana provides a pathway through the obstacles of our ego toward our divine nature—grace, peace, unconditional love, clarity, and freedom. Shiva Rea