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Mantra Yoga: That’s behind it!

by Josephine Andrews
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In mantra yoga , yoga teachers chant or speak a syllable, word, or phrase with spiritual power during physical practices. The special thing about it: The yogis can experience the positions more intensively. mylife.de spoke to the teachers Katyayani Ulbricht and Sundaram about the inspirational method. Read more about Mantra Yoga here.

What is Mantra Yoga?

Mantra Yoga is a special form of yoga. Yoga teachers either recite or sing certain syllables. The accompanying music creates a positive and relaxing effect. “Typical in a lesson is that the individual yoga exercises (asanas) are supplemented with a mantra,” explains the experienced teacher Katyayani Ulbricht, who leads training and further education. The effect: This makes it easier for yogis to hold the positions longer and more easily.

Mantras can be used as an enrichment or complement to almost any yoga style. It’s not about any random musical accompaniment. Rather, yoga teachers use thematically appropriate mantras in a targeted manner – this increases the effect of the asanas. The mantra serves as a tool.

This is what defines the yoga style

Body, mind and soul experience harmony. Because a mantra yoga class touches all levels of being:

  • The physical level by strengthening, stretching and making our body more flexible.
  • The mental level that calms and clears our mind.
  • The emotional level. It helps us to listen and meet ourselves.
  • The spiritual level by connecting and harmonizing all three other levels.

Mantra Yoga has no goal. The route is the goal. But often the goal is in the way! The intention of mantra yoga is no different from other ways of practicing yoga. The intention of yoga is to encounter oneself.

Examples of well-known mantras in yoga

Om or AUM

“Om” is probably the most popular yoga mantra. The syllable is composed of the three letters AUM. These stand for the unity of past, present and future or for the three main gods in Hinduism – Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. When the yogis pronounce the holy word, they vibrate their bodies from the belly to the crown of the head.


This mantra is often used in Kundalini Yoga . It can be translated as “The truth is my name”. Yogis can increase the effect of the sacred syllables by concentrating on SAT on the inhalation with the nose and on NAM on the exhalation with the mouth.


This powerful mantra helps yogis organize their thoughts. You focus on NAMAH on the inhale and on SHIVAYA on the exhale. The syllables refer to the principle of change. It’s about accepting and embracing change. Letting go and being free to try something new can help you find true happiness. Because through this constant process, a development takes place. It promotes the understanding that life is sometimes like this and sometimes like that, never set, but constantly changing.


This healing mantra, which gives yogis positive energy, also comes from Kundalini Yoga. The individual syllables can be translated as follows:

RA = energy of the sun

MA = Energy of the Worlds

DA = Energy of the Earth

SA = Energy of the Universe


These syllables help yogis to release blockages. They stand for the eternal cycle of life:

SA = birth and beginning

TA = life

NA = death and end

MA = rebirth and resurrection

This is how mantra yoga works

“Mantras in the yoga class help yogis to concentrate,” says Katyayani Ulbricht. Hormones are released and neurotransmitters activated through the music and mantras. Feelings of well-being and happiness are a frequent consequence, relaxation arises. In addition, the asanas have a deeper and more lasting effect on a physical, mental and energetic level. The yogis can focus more on directly experiencing the exercises – and break away from thinking and imagining how something should be. “In this way, we learn to open up and get in touch with our core,” explains Katyayani Ulbricht. In this way, the spiritual aspects of the physical exercises penetrate into the consciousness.

For whom is Mantra Yoga suitable and for whom rather not?

Mantra Yoga is basically suitable for everyone. It is not primarily about holding the yoga positions as perfectly as possible or getting as far into the position as possible. Rather, the focus is on feeling inwards, letting go and being carried by the mantra. Nevertheless, it makes sense to be familiar with the basic exercises in order to be able to fully engage with the deeper levels.

A typical mantra yoga exercise and its effects

Katyayani Ulbricht describes the effect of mantra yoga in a concrete example: “In the cobra position, the yogi raises his upper body from the prone position, his gaze is directed upwards. The chest is stretched and the back is strengthened. The right mantra carries the yogi and lets him feel the power of straightening up. He can breathe deeper, also due to rising emotions evoked by the mantra and the music. He also feels the width in his chest and the opening of his heart. In this position, energy flows upwards along the spine and has an activating effect. Perhaps through this practice the yogi realizes that he has the power to overcome difficulties. That he can confidently surpass himself – and is more than just eating, sleeping, working, body and thinking.

Katyayani Ulbricht discovered yoga and spirituality at the age of 32. She has been passionate about teaching yoga and leading satsangs (meditation, mantra chanting, reading and prayers) since 2003. Teaching yoga and passing it on to people is a great gift for her. Mantra Yoga in particular has brought her intensive knowledge from experience. For ten years she has been going through the school of the Mantra Yoga teacher Sundaram. Her concern in yoga classes is to enable yogis to experience their personality on all levels in a sustainable way through targeted words and mantras.

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