August 3 | The Practice |
Since the rise of The Secret in the early 2000s, there have been a lot of conversations around the power of our thoughts.
For hundred of years, yogis have channeled their thoughts through mantras. Traditionally, mantras are Sanskrit phrases that are either audibly or silently chanted. They have a vibrational quality and they are used as an instrument for meditation practices.
If you are new to Sanskrit mantras and unsure of where to begin, setting intentions in English and repeating positive quotes can be a great place to start.
When we asked our San Diego Program Manager, Abby, to share a quote that inspires her, she offered a beautiful translation of a Sanskrit mantra:
“Lead us from the unreal to the real,
Lead us from darkness to light,
Lead us from death to immortality.
This is an excerpt from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and a mantra I love to say to myself before I practice or teach to invite in clarity and purpose.”
If you are not familiar with the ancient Yogic texts, have no fear! Here are some modern-day examples of quotes that can act as an inspiration from some of your favorite YogaSix Team Members:
“Always keep your beginner’s mind. When you consider yourself an expert, you know nothing.”
“Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power” – Seneca
There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live -Dalai Lama
You must be the change you wish to see in the world”-Mahatma Gandhi
“Today, as with every day, is a new day. Be sure to remind yourself that it is okay to be different from yesterday or not quite ready for tomorrow. Sometimes, we take a step back, regress, and other times we grow more in one day than we have in an entire year. And that is exactly what life is about- balance and change. For even the moon has its phases, so why cannot we?”
We invite you to select a quote or mantra that you can use to slow down and positively shift your thoughts. Bring your intention with you to your mat and share your experience with us!