Mantra of the Day

Mantra of the day:

mantra I am









Let’s begin with a definition of the word ‘mantra‘, a noun originally found in Hinduism and Buddhism. Mantra is generally defined as “a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation, a Vedic hymn, a statement or slogan repeated too frequently.” The root of the word “man” means think.

Yoga practice is an eight limbed system to guide us to a calmer state, one where the thoughts we have don’t run rampant, our decisions get clearer, and we identify less with the active monkey mind, and more with the Universality of peace. To be simple, there are different tools we use, at different times, to calm and heal. Whether you are stressed out, very athletic, very busy, have pain, you as a person repeat certain thoughts which become interwoven in your cells. This poem by Rumi ” I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within” reminds me of the SOHUM mantra ~ I Am … We all have personas and identities but beyond that, when we go into a state of deep dreamless sleep we just ARE. No drama there. A mantra takes us “there” while keeping us wakeful and present. This one is very affirmative

positive words for Wednesday

Positive words for Wednesday: These positive thought are free. You become what you think so please take more than one inside your consciousness. Building an affirmation practice is simple. Choose one that resonates. Set yourself up for quiet sitting. I have some set up tips on my CD, along side with a very easy breath meditation. Once you are focused, that is, once the loudness of the thinking rain is quieted, use your affirmation like a mantra to build positivity and train your brain instead of being sidetracked by it or sabotaged. Really, when you think of all the thoughts you have, if you can’t get to a totally zen place in a quiet meditation, at least replace old and tired thoughts with positive words.

Eventually, the positive vibes will help you just BE, natural, comfortable and your best version of yourself. That is pretty good. Think I will hashtag this #WisdomWednesday. Join me.

positive words for Wednesday















Positive words for Wednesday: These positive thought are free:

I communicate with love

Every moment is a profound opportunity

Consider How Very Fortunate You Are

Give yourself the gift of being joyfully you

Complain less, breathe more

Be a part of life, not afraid of it

Make the choice to let go of negative thoughts

Let Be, Let Go, Let see, Let flow

You are a walking, breathing wonder

You have a beautiful soul

Give thanks for another day of loving



The Om Symbol Breakdown

The OM Mantra

Using a mantra, such as the classic OM, also pronounced AUM, can be transformative;

it is not about mindless repetition though – so if you use one, the more you understand about it, the more you vibrate on its frequency.I typically start and or end a yoga class with 3 rounds chanted in unison.

Maybe knowing what it is about, you will be more inclined to embrace the chant. (I have seen it and heard it chanted with more of an “OOO” but also enunciated where the sound is more AUM) ~ Typically for a practice like that we inhale rather fully, with the exhale let the A resonate in the belly, the U resonate in the chest, and the M resonate in the top throat…

“Om is the all encompassing cosmic vibration of the universe”

The OM Symbol breakdown

Let me mention, I am not the author of this beautiful chart and I must have found it from the Internet, where I am only assuming, it is safe to borrow from. This is a great breakdown of the symbol which we see everywhere.

The Om encompasses the waking, dream and unconscious states. As we develop spiritually, we pass through the illusion that is said to veil us and prevent us from moving towards the Absolute state of consciousness

Hopefully even just reading about the symbolism transports your consciousness :-) enjoy and see if you can fit some practice in along side your pranayama

om infograpphic

on contentment

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Every time I think of the word “happiness,” I recall one of my favorite poems by Ven. Lama Gendun Rinpoche: “Happiness cannot be found through great effort or willpower, but is already present in open relaxation and letting go,” he writes.

Wow! Powerful, right? It is certainly easier to connect to a feeling of happiness when you’re not being tested, but is this your default setting? If pressure builds up, do you breathe and release, reboot and move forward with peaceful gratitude, or do you store it, build steam and explode? When things aren’t so easy, what are your attitudes, perceptions, and coping strategies? Is it still contentment, or is this reserved for the one day all the bills are paid, you’ve slept and have eaten well? In other words, are you content regardless of your situation?

Contentment, Patanjali says in Sutra 11.42 is dynamic, as opposed to complacency, which is stagnant. We should be able to look at our life, weed out the toxic relationships and situations to then rebalance on all levels. This requires changing what isn’t working. It also asks us to want what we have, be grateful and see a crisis as a crossroads.Contentment brings us to a new perception of how things are, which calms the mind. It is an attitude that’s independent of outside influences. What you have or don’t have does not change the essence of who you are.

Here’s what you need to do to turn your frown upside down, view adversity as opportunity and connect with the contented you:

1. Stop comparing yourself and your life to others; we all have gifts.

2. Give away something you don’t need; there’s always someone who could use it.

3. When you find yourself complaining, listen to yourself and write down two options for bringing change.

4. Repeat the mantra, “Thank you” more often; it cleans up taking things for granted.

5. Sit, breathe, relax and reboot.

6. Practice (safely) an energizing backbend, to open the body and allow new energy to flow to you.

7. Write down one thing today that makes you smile, and let that energy permeate your core.

Tough times provide opportunity for great inner strength and to connect deeply with what’s important to us. Allow this sustaining virtue of grateful contentment to take root in your life so that your default setting is now rewired for peace and positivity.


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A balanced yoga practice will help reduce cravings and bring a sense of inner comfort and self-sufficiency.

A few moments of mind/body/spirit connection, or the mantra “I’m full and free and whole just as I am” can rope in an overactive munching practice.

That being said, I do make an awesome organic chocolate cake with heaps of dark chocolate frosting!!


Use Mantras to Focus Your Mind and Change Your Life

Use Mantras to Focus Your Mind and Change Your Life

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using mantras to focus your mind and change your life
We are all leaders of our own lives and we need all the focus we can muster in order to do the mundane and the miraculous. It can be a full-time job in itself, but discipline and consistency pay off.
Even if you are “not interested in yoga,” you can be interested in the power of sound. You know some sounds resonate as peaceful, some can be abrasive, some energizing.
There are many mantras to choose from, either from your favorite CD, a resource book or you may seek the traditional approach for guidance from your yoga teacher. Focus on one mantra during your practice. Through repetition, the mantra will rest in your heart and repeat itself even when you are not formally in your practice time.
Tips to try this out:
Begin by stating to yourself your intention – your starting point problem, question, or desire.  
You may initiate a new journal and either write it or sketch it in a way that is clear to you or fold it up and put it in a special place where it will remain for the duration of your discipline. Perhaps you will create a special healing space such as an altar with your favorite incense, a lovely candle, an inspiring picture or figurine or crystal. This will also be the place where you come to practice your discipline each day, your sanctuary. The painting in this photo is by one of my students, Julia Sheppard.
She painted it for me and it is a most special touchstone on my desk.
Now that you have prepared the foundation for your discipline choose the approach that appeals to you:
Repeat the mantra as often as possible over a 21-day period.  
This means using the windows of time during your day to chant your mantra. It might also mean a regular interval in your day where you are conscious of your mantra practice during more formal sessions.
Intention, Attention.
Use the classical 40-day discipline, and set your practice at the same time, upon rising in the morning and before going to bed in the evening.
This is your sacred time to practice without interruption. In the classical sense, a 40-day discipline is one in which you repeat the same mantra every day for those 40 days. As with everything else, the more attention you apply to your intention, the more dramatic the results. This is one reason for the classical twice a day ritual.
Determine for yourself in a spacious and focused way how much time you will devote to your practice. And hey, if for you, the modern yogi(ni) this is when you are on a walk, sitting at your desk, in the car at a red light, and you only get in 5 repetitions, that are always better than 5 negative or worrisome thoughts.
Don’t judge, practice!
If you wish, set aside a special mala or rosary that you will use for this specific practice until you have completed your discipline. Either place it in your sacred space or wear it. Most malas have 108 beads, as the Vedic teachings state there are 108 principal astral channels leading from the heart in the subtle body out to the rest of the subtle body. Saying your mantra 108 times sends energy into each of these channels. Using a mala keeps your energy focused on your meditation. 
Once you have started on this silent journey, there will be consequences from your effort. Tensions may ease or arise, obstacles or irritations may come up as you clear through resistance and negative energy patterns, and doorways may open.
You will be faced with the choice always to move through, open up, recreate new internal energy patterns or give into those parts of the self that do not seem to want to change and grow. Knowing that this is a natural part of the voyage, relax into your practice.
Engage your peaceful warrior spirit and if it is within you.

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Published December 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM
About Rana Waxman
Rana Waxman is a Yoga Therapist, who has taught in Montreal for over 17 years. Her background in the healing arts of massage have earned her the nickname ‘the muscle whisperer.”  Often called, the “modern yogini,” Rana likes to empower students to take their practice home with them so their yoga becomes a tool for transformation. Her inspired style is a blend between alignment, vinyasa and restorative yoga to promote healthy posture, peace and positivity. Follow Rana on Facebook and Twitter.More from Rana Waxman on MindBodyGreenWhy You Need to Carve Out Time for Silence
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Sound and the modern yogi(ni)

“Dhyana (meditation) means absorption.  It is the art of self-study, reflection, keen observation, or the search for the Infinite within.  It is the observation of the physical processes of the body, study of mental states and profound contemplation.  It means looking inwards to one’s innermost being.  Dhyana is the discovery of the Self” – B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Pranayama

“Sound can change our entire life’s course in an instant. Words spoken in anger can cause permanent problems between a husband and wife, or parent and child.  The throb of a well-tuned motor can engender such satisfaction in an amateur mechanic that a whole new career path suddenly opens before him.  A word of encouragement from a teacher at just the right time can inspire a student for many years to come.” – T. Ashley-Farrand, Healing Mantras 

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