Well these mantras (and there are many many others) are formulas of sacred syllables, which were originally revealed to the Rishis (seers or sages) in the deepest states of meditation. They are the earliest components of yoga and are quite possibly the first type of meditation that was developed. Often times these mantras are untranslatable but it is believed that our souls remember the meaning of the sounds and they can help us express feelings that ordinary language is unable to contact.
This Wyse Woman podcast is with Ellen Arthur, a yoga teacher and **Kirtan leader who lives in Bali and works at a yoga community called ‘The Practice.’ In our chat she talks about how mantra has helped and continues to help her access the deepest dimensions of her being.
**Kirtan or Kirtana is a Sanskrit word that means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing” an idea or story. Usually delivered as a devotional ‘call and response’ song by a leader to a community.
To find out more about The Practice in Bali where I met Elle, click on the logo above or CLICK HERE.
If you enjoyed Elle’s episode, click on the links below to find out more about her song, book and inspirational woman choices.