We do a lot of mantra in our kids yoga and meditation programs (as well as in our adult classes), and parents often wonder what it is and why we do it. Mantras are fun-- and, like learning another language, best started when we're young!
What are mantras? They are messages that we repeat in our heads. For example, mantra in your child’s head could sound like: “I can’t do that”, “I’m not smart”, “She’s better than me”, “I’m fat”. Or: "I'm clever", "I'm better than him", "I'm good at this", "I'm cute". Even positive messages could be internalized in a negative way, for example, “you’re so cute” may not feel good if s/he doesn't want to be "cute" or simply wants to be acknowledged for more than how they look. Negative mantras carry a low frequency, and we seek to connect with higher vibrations.
In the ancient, sacred, poetic language of Gurmukhi— sometimes called “the funny words” by our kids —the high vibratory frequencies of kundalini mantras uplift, center, ground, clear, and strengthen the connection to one’s own inner voice or intuition. Repetition of these mantras serve to ingrain positive beliefs in oneself. Here are just a few of the translations that these mantras seed:
What a great vocabulary to add to your child’s repertoire! Like getting your daily vitamins. And loving hugs. And blessings from the Universe. All in one. This is a powerful and conscientious reason to teach our kids mantra-- Sat Nam! ❤️
This yoga and meditation stuff really goes to your head. And your heart. And your gut. And every part of your body and organs. And your circulatory system. And your nervous system! It is the reason I am so passionate about sharing this technology —specifically kundalini yoga— with anyone who seeks to uplift their lives.
This practice wants you to act, to serve, to be your next BEST self. It helps you to KNOW that you want this too.
So when that realization hit for me, I went ahead and became my best self. Yes, it's that easy. You can just realize this and decide to be your next best self .
It’s called shifting your thoughts, and it makes a vibrational impact on your psyche. Decide you will be a better version of yourself. Right. Now.
Vibrate the Cosmos and the Cosmos will clear your way.
-one of the 5 sutras of the Aquarian Age, Yogi Bhajan
Your shifts will likely give way to your old habits and it will feel disappointing. Here’s the key: Commit to it. And also decide to commit to a regular practice that keeps you fueled. Kundalini yoga is like driving with premium gas in your car as well as having the upgraded model, personally designed with YOU in mind. This is the vehicle for your Soul, suited to who you truly are. Feed it well. .
With commitment to, and compassion for, yourself by carving out time for your DAILY practice and showing up even when you feel like the world is conspiring against you, you will find that harnessing the ups and downs gets you closer to the day when you will feel authentically in your better Self .
Decide. Commit. Live your truth. Sat nam.
I am a mama, an intentional storyteller, a celestial communicator, a spiritual teacher, and a lover of stories of all kinds, in all forms. I write about parenting, natural health options, mind-body-soul connections, and anything that elevates our lives.