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  • 1. The Beginner's Guide to Common Chants Ever wonder what you're chanting during a yoga class? Nervous about chanting the wrong thing? The Yoga Journal Guide provides translations, historical information, and audio clips for common chants. 1. Aum The Primal Shabda Om, actually pronounced "Aum," is an affirmation of More related to chanting: the Divine Presence that is the universe and is similar Visit a Kirtan to the Hebrew "Amen." There are many ways of The Roots of Chanting chanting Aum, but this is an approach that will initiate you as a Shabda Yogi, one who pursues the path of sound toward wholeness and higher states of consciousness. Listen to Aum 2. Lokah Samastha A Chant for Wholeness Lokah samastha sukhino bhavanthu. May this world be established with a sense of well-being and happiness. Listen to Lokah Samastha 3. Gayatri Being Illuminated by Sacred Sound Om bhur bhuvas svaha Thath savithur varaynyam Bhargo dheyvasya dhimahih Dhyoyonah pratchodhay-yath We worship the word (shabda) that is present in the earth, the heavens, and that which is beyond. By meditating on this glorious power that gives us life, we ask that our minds and hearts be illuminated. Listen to the Gayatri Mantra 4. Om Namah Shivaaya Om Namah Shivaaya, Namah Shivaaya, Nama Shiva I bow to Lord Shiva, the peaceful one who is the embodiment of all that is cause by the universe. Listen to Om Namah Shivaaya 5. Bija Mantras Seed Mantras
  • 2. In the seed (bija) mantras each seed is conceived of as the sound-form of a particular Hindu deity, and each deity is in turn a particular aspect of the Absolute (Brahman). It s said that just as a great tree resides in within the seed, so does a god or goddess reside in each bija. When we chant the bijas, we identify each syllable with the divine energy they represent. Sound Pronunciation Awareness Curve the tip of your tongue up and back, and place it on the rear section of Base of the Lam the upper palate to pronounce a sound spine like the word alum without the initial a. Place the upper set of teeth on the inner section of your lower lip and begin Vam with a breathy consonant to imitate the Genitals sound of a fast car. Pronounce the mantra like "fvam." Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of the front section of the upper palate, Ram roll the r as in Spanish, and pronounce Abdomen the mantra like the first part of the word rumble. Inhale audibly through your mouth, and Solar Plexus pronounce the word hum (as in Yam and Heart humming); allow the breath to extend Area beyond the resolution of the consonant. Inhale noiselessly through your mouth, and pronounce the sound like the word Ham yum (as in yummy); allow the sound Throat along with your breath to fill your mouth and throat cavity. Inhale audibly through your nostrils, and direct the stream of air to the point between your eyebrows. Pronounce the Point Om sound along with your exhalation as a between the subtly audible whisper, allowing the eyebrows sound and breath to resonate in the cranial area. Listen to "Ram" and "Ham" from the Bija Mantras Translations and audio clips courtesy of Russill Paul's The Yoga of Sound available for purchase through Shop YJ.