Chanting, entertainment and Svaroopa® yoga. Posted on March 3, 2011 by Swamiji

A Svaroopa® yoga class often has Sanskrit mantras playing in the background, which entrain your mind to consciousness. Your mind already has had too much input from external sources, which overload its circuits or contribute to an increasing inner fragmentation. In Svaroopa® Yoga classes, we use your body and breath to begin weaving you back into a wholeness of being – it is called “svaroopa.”

Mantras are a valuable part of that process, if you are open to them. You can play them in the background throughout your day as well as during your yoga practice or yoga classes. I have recorded a number of chants specifically for this purpose, and worked hard to get the “entertainment factor” out of them. When mantras are too entertaining, they continue to activate your mind – though it is a more beneficial activity than most things you can do with your mind. But when a chant or mantra continues for 20 minutes without speeding up, or without changing the words, it begins to layer a different quality into your mind – a quality that your mind needs. I’m delighted to see so many recording artists laying down Sanskrit tracks now, but it’s not yoga until they discover the power of pure repetition.

Of course, it’s best if you don’t rely on external sources for your mantra repetition. You can repeat your japa mantra now. And say it again. And again, and again… Repetition is yoga. -Swami Nirmalananda

OM svaroopa svasvabhavah namo namah

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