Do You Have a Mantra?
Today I want to tell a story about my yoga practice.
A few years ago I regularly went to a small Yoga studio in Budapest. I'd go three to five times a week for months. Often to have classes alone or with just a few fellow yogi expats who, just like me, appreciated this little space in the centre of town.
Our teacher who studies in Mysore would try to teach in this same authentic way. We practiced with intention and learned a lot. Some classes would start with brief discussions and idea sharing, at other times we would study chakras, breathing, chants,... and then, at the end of every class we would come together in the little kitchen to share a cup of tea.
In one of my first yoga lessons my teacher offered us all his mantra. He explained that we could of course choose our own mantra or use one we already had. But he also offered that we could use his.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु
I adopted this mantra for my studies. It means "may all beings everywhere be happy and free".
In the years since having moved away from Budapest I haven't looked for a new teacher as I was waiting for the right place. The thing that stuck with me was the mantra, the lessons and the friends I have made at the place. Tonight, I am really excited to try a new Yoga Shala. Fingers crossed this place will be able to take on a similar role in my life. I'll let you know!
In the meantime, if you have a mantra I would love it if you shared this is the comments below.