Mantras and Prayers

Many classes use mantras and prayers as a means to tune in to our higher selves and increase our level of energy or prana. Vibrations create the world we live in. Many of these mantras were channeled by the ancient sages while they were in deep states of meditation and are a direct link to the divine. You do not have to be Hindu or even religious in any way, to receive the powerful benefits of the vibrations these chants produce. When you say these prayers you can concentrate on your God or guru, the light within you, Mother Nature, the Universe, or simply the sounds and vibrations they produce within your body and the atmosphere around you.  

These are some of the prayers and mantras you're likely to hear in classes here at Svasti Yoga:
OM: Pronounced Auh, Oooooo, Mmmmmmmm, the supreme seed mantra symbolic of the beginning, the duration and the end. Meditation on Om is said to satisfy every need and leads to liberation. Scientific studies have shown the vibrations of om help to calm the mind, lowering blood pressure and increasing your ability to concentrate. Listening to the mantra om is recommended for insomnia and chronic diseases caused by stress.

The Mahamrityunjaya mantra:  For increasing self healing quality of Body and Mind, protecting from negativities of death and pain.

Om tryambakam yajamahe 
sugandhim pushti vardhanam 
Urvar ukamiva bandhanat 
mrityor mukshi ya mamritat 

The Gayatri mantra: For increasing creative energy for Body and Mind, increasing pranic energy.

Om bhur bhuvah swah  
Tat savitur varenyam 
bhargo devasya dhimahi 
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat 

Durga Namavali: For protection from downfall, ensuring constant evolution.

Durga  Durgartishamani  DurgaPadminivarani 
Durgamachhedini  Durgasadhani  Durganashini 
Durgatoddharini  Durganihantri  Durgamapahaa 
Durgamadnyanada  DurgadaityaLokaDavanala  
Durgama  Durgamaloka  Durgamatmaswaroopini 
Durgamargaprada  Durgamavidya  Durgamashrita 
DurgamaDnyanaSansthana  Durgamadhyanabhasini 
Durgamoho  Durgamaga  Durgamarthaswaroopini 
DurgamaSuraSanhantri  DurgamaYudhdharini 
Durgamangi  Durgamatha  Durgamya  Durgameshwari 
DurgaBhima  DurgaBhama  Durgabha  Durgadarini 

Asatoma Ma Sadgamaya: Peace Mantra
asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from the asat to the sat. 
Lead me from darkness to light. 
Lead me from death to immortality.

Sarveshaam Mantra : Peace Mantra
OM sarveshaam svastir bhavatu
sarveshaam shaantir bhavatu
sarveshaam poornam bhavatu 
sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
sarve bhavantu sukhinah
sarve santu niraamayaah
sarve bhadraani pashyantu
maa kashchidh dukh bhaag-bhavet

Let it be so ordained (-bhavatu), that all the people (-sarveshaam), experience well-being (-svastir) ; let all the people experience peace or tranquility (-shaantir). Let all the people experience wholeness and completeness (-poornam) ; let them experience prosperity and auspiciousness (-mangalam).

Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu: Peace Mantra
Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu
OM Shan'ti Shan'ti Shan'ti

May the Lord bless the whole world with eternal peace and goodwill.
May the Lord bless the whole world with eternal peace and goodwill.
May the Lord bless the whole world with eternal peace and goodwill.
Peace peace peace

Guru Brahmaa Guru Vishnu: For invoking the inner teacher & honoring the inner light
Guru Brahmaa Guru Vishnu 
Guru Devo Maheswara
Guru Saaksaat Param Brahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namaha

Guru Is Brahmaa (Who plants the qualities of goodness)
Guru Is Vishnu (Who nurtures and fosters the qualities of goodness)
Guru Is Maheswara (Who weeds out the bad quality)
Guru Is Supreme Brahman Itself
Prostration Unto That Guru

Om Namo Bhagavate:
Om namo bhagavate vasu devaya

The twelve lettered mantra - Oh infinite Lord, indweller in the heart of all beings, unto you I turn my consciousness to see the God within everyone and everything. 

Surya Namaskara Mantras:
OM Ram Mitraya Namaha
OM Rhim Ravaye Namaha
OM Rhum Suryaya Namaha
OM Raim Bhanave Namaha
OM Rhaum Kagaya Namah
OM Rhap Pushne Namaha
OM Ram Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha
OM Rhim Marichaye Namaha
OM Rhum Aditaya Namaha
OM Raim Savitre Namaha
OM Rhaum Arkaya Namah
OM Rhap Baskaraeya Namaha
OM Ram Rhim Rhum Raim Rhaum Rhap Mitra Ravye Surya Bhanu Kaga Pushne Hiranya Garbhaya Mariche Aditya Savitre Arkaya Baskarayo Namo Namaha

OM Shanti:
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

Peace of the Lord be with you