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Proper Practice of Mantra chanting

ELNINO2010-07-04 16:32:36 +0000 #1
Namaste,

I am starting to practice mantra chanting after my asanas and pranayama and before going to meditation for few minutes.

My yoga teacher recommended me to chant the Gayatri Mantra in the morning to open chakras, then as it is bringing lot of energy during the day, I have to reverse it with Sahana Mantra before bedtime (after meditation)

My question is(are)

Is there a prefered order like i mentionned (asanas, pranayama then mantra) or can it be changed from time to time?

I read lot of books on ayurveda, and according to one type (Vata, pitta or kapha etc...) some mantras are strongly recommended, for exemple Ksham and Ram are good for Vata and Vata-Pitta types of humors,

so can I inegrate these mantras after the Gayatri and Sahana (or before) ?

Thank you



Aum Shanti

Peace
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 16:42:13 +0000 #2
Best asked of your teacher my friend, so as not to muddy the waters of your practice.

The Gayatri mantra is the mother mantra, the essence of yoga itself. In my practice I chant the Gayatri just as soon as I've settled into Virasana - the pose in which I begin - and aligned the spine. I follow that with asana in a bell curve fashion - slowly warming, building, then cooling toward Savasana. It is during the cooling stage that I do pranayama.

I believe pranayama requires a gentle state of being and I suggest to be completely undisturbed during this time AND to budget enough time for savasana as a "must do" afterwards.

To close my practice I return to a seated position after Savasana and chant Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri to finish.
Fin2010-07-04 17:12:00 +0000 #3
Dear IA,

How is Sri Aurobindo’s Gayatri different? Do you chant aloud?

I admire your disciplined practice (Mantra, Asana, Pranayama all integrated), how long does your practice take?

Do you do Puja or Meditation after the practice?

How long have you been practicing & do you have a sense of where you are heading?

How did you “fall into” Yoga?

How much attention do you give to diet?

I ask all these questions with great respect with the hope it sheds some light on how I can improve mine.

Thanks.

Namaste,

Love,

Fin
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 17:52:26 +0000 #4
I think Fin that you have some misperceptions about my practice. It is a very normal practice with obstacles and challenges just like any other person's practice.

The two mantras are part of my asana practice each time I practice. There are days I do not do asana, especially those where my SI joint is cranky. I'll typically add a pranayama component to my practice a couple of time each month. When I meditate I do so independently of my asana practice though they can be done one after the other. I would prefer asana after meditation, rather than before.

There are times where I am teaching beginners and do not find the mantras appropriate material for that group. In those cases I recite the mantra to myself. Otherwise they are always aloud.

Generally speaking, the focus of the Gayatri from the Rig Veda is enlightenment. Aurobindo's Gayatri focuses on transformation. A sanskrit scholar might expound on this more eloquently than I as I am but a simple yogi.

I have been practicing for eight years or so. I tend not to retain such information though it was around 1999 or 2000 that I began my practice. I do not mandate a particular duration for practice. Some days it is 90 minutes. Other days it is 9 minutes. Where am I going? I am not going anywhere at all.

How did I fall in to yoga? I was invited to an ashram in Orlando by some dear friends. I enjoyed how I felt after class and explored some other teachers and some semi-private instruction in asana.

In Purna Yoga diet and nutrition is one of the four main elements of yoga. Again, my diet is not to be admired nor is it pristine. Some days it is not even clean. But it is important, what things we do eat and what things we avoid. There are some basic things in each category so I'd say I give a fair amount of attention to my diet.

How that is the information you were looking for Fin.

Namaste.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fin



Dear IA,

How is Sri Aurobindo’s Gayatri different? Do you chant aloud?

I admire your disciplined practice (Mantra, Asana, Pranayama all integrated), how long does your practice take?

Do you do Puja or Meditation after the practice?

How long have you been practicing & do you have a sense of where you are heading?

How did you “fall into” Yoga?

How much attention do you give to diet?

I ask all these questions with great respect with the hope it sheds some light on how I can improve mine.

Thanks.

Namaste,

Love,

Fin
ELNINO2010-07-04 17:25:55 +0000 #5
Dear IA, thanks for your reply

My teacher is away for a while and I won't be able to ask him immediately, in the mean time I keep my practice at home but I want to keep up with the mantra chanting as well;

actually, my practice toda is the following:

After rising and before breakfast, I do Jala Neti, then asanas including Suryanamaskara A & B, then I include some Yin Yoga poses to open my hips or lower spine (I have chronic scoliosis which is a trouble for my knees, hips and lumbar spine), Savasana, then Pranayama, most of the time Kapalabati, and then the Gayatri Mantra (the full version with each line starting with Om), I try to chant it 50 times.

I'd be happy to have your opinion about my routine.

On the other hand, my main concern is to know if I can include RAM and KSHAM mantras singing with the Gayatri Mantra ? or should I do it at another time, like before bedtime for exemple ?

Thank you again for your kind and helpful posts

Namaste

Peace
Fin2010-07-04 16:49:42 +0000 #6
Thanks IA for your response. One can learn a lot from other yogi’s triumphs & struggles.

Best,

Fin
ELNINO2010-07-04 17:54:11 +0000 #7
Why no more answer from InnerAthlete...? you seem pretty well instructed on the subject, can you help with my questions ?

Thanks again

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Originally Posted by ELNINO



Dear IA, thanks for your reply

My teacher is away for a while and I won't be able to ask him immediately, in the mean time I keep my practice at home but I want to keep up with the mantra chanting as well;

actually, my practice toda is the following:

After rising and before breakfast, I do Jala Neti, then asanas including Suryanamaskara A & B, then I include some Yin Yoga poses to open my hips or lower spine (I have chronic scoliosis which is a trouble for my knees, hips and lumbar spine), Savasana, then Pranayama, most of the time Kapalabati, and then the Gayatri Mantra (the full version with each line starting with Om), I try to chant it 50 times.

I'd be happy to have your opinion about my routine.

On the other hand, my main concern is to know if I can include RAM and KSHAM mantras singing with the Gayatri Mantra ? or should I do it at another time, like before bedtime for exemple ?

Thank you again for your kind and helpful posts

Namaste

Peace

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