So, lots of people have been asking me about the mantra I often chant at the end of practice.
It's very rare for me to end a practice without some kind of mantra these days and I often choose mantras that have some kind of bearing upon the specific practice we are doing or even the time of year. For me, the closing mantra rounds off the practice and indicates a kind of "seal" for the energy created during the session. As my practice has deepened and my teaching has developed, the use of mantra has become an integral part of the process and is as important to me as the postures themselves.
I love using Sanskrit mantras for many reasons. Firstly, because I love the sound of this language and it really makes me feel connected to the heritage of this wonderful practice of yoga. I think it is important to keep the roots and the reasons for practising yoga at the forefront of this practice otherwise it just becomes the performance of a series of complicated movements without meaning. This is also why you'll hear me using Sanskrit names for postures as we practice together. The vibration of the Sanskrit words has a magic all its own and I feel like if we lose that, we lose an entire layer of this beautiful gift that's been handed down across many centuries and through many cultures.
So, onto the mantra itself!
Firstly, here's what it looks like in Devanagari script:
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥