Ever wonder what you’re chanting during yoga that always seems to instill a profound sense of calm? Mantras–whether chanted, whispered, or silently recited– are a powerful meditation and therapy tool. Mantra is a sound vibration through which we mindfully focus our thoughts, our feelings, and our highest intention. Mantra is a Sanskrit name and has been translated in English in various ways: a hymn or song of praise, sacred message or text, charm, or incantation, or any sound, word, or phrase.

Our minds are full of noise, useless and even harmful thoughts that are on replay much of the time. A meaningful mantra created by you can slice through these thoughts in any moment. Neuroscience confirms some of the health benefits of this ancient practice, such as its ability to help free your mind of background chatter and calm your nervous system. 

So, how do you get started finding a mantra? Here are some examples but you always can choose your own mantra. The universal mantra is OM, pronounce it AUM. 

Find a comfortable position, sitting down, laying down, standing up, with your eyes closed or open. Start to repeat your mantra silently or loudly, once on the inhalation, once on the exhalation; if it is a short mantra. When thoughts or feelings enter your mind, try to simply notice them, and then return to repeating your mantra. See if you can set aside 2, 5 or 10 minutes daily to practice. Several traditions suggest you to stay with one mantra for several days, even months before switching to another one. 

Mantra is free! It has no side effects! It’s simple and so easy! Start now with your Mantra!

Om Guru Chant

Om Guru Chant

Sanskrit: Om Guru, Om Guru,

Deva DevaAja Kay, Ananda Key Jay

English: Victory to the blissful awakening

of the divine teacher that resides within me,


An acknowledgment to the awakening teaching within.

Asatomaa Mantra

Asatomaa Mantra

Sanskrit: Asatomaa Sad Gamaya Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityormaa Amritaam Gaamaayaa Om… Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi

English: Lead me from the unreal to the real

Lead from darkness to light Lead from death to immortality
Om… Peace, Peace, Peace

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Sanskrit: Om Tryambakam Yajamahe

Sugandhim Pusti-Vardhanam

Urva Rukamiva Bandhanan

Mrtyor Muksheeya Maamritat

English: We meditate on the three eyed reality which permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance
May we be liberated from death for the sake of immortality Even as the cucumber is severed from bondage on the stem…

Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra

Sanskrit: Om BhurBhuva Swaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

D’Yo Yona


English: Earth, Mid-heaven, Heaven! Let us meditate on that most
Excellent light of divine Sun That it may illuminate our Minds

Sahana Vavatu Mantra

Teacher Student Chant

Sanskrit: Sahana Vavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu Saha Viryam Karavavahai Tejasvinau AdhitamastuMavidvishshavaahai Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi

English:  Protect both of us together Nourish both of us together May we work with great energy
May our study be vigorous and effective May we cherish no ill feeling toward each other

Om… Peace, Peace, Peace

Sarvesham Mantra

Peace Invocation

Sanskrit: Sarvesham Svatir Bhavatu

Sarvesham Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu

 Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu

Loka Samastha Sukinoh Bhavantu

English: May good befall all May there peace for all
May all find fulfillment May all beings be blessed