As you begin to dive deeper into your yoga practice, you may begin to pick up a few practices outside traditional asana. Those familiar with Kundalini yoga may already be well versed in the use of mantras and their benefits. However, even if you’ve never practiced Kundalini, the addition of mantras to your practice can be an empowering doorway to spiritual transformation. Today, we’ll be exploring the Adi Shakti Mantra.
There are countless mantras that you could add to your yoga or meditation practice, and choosing the right one for you is a powerful endeavor all on its own. But if you’re totally new and seeking some guidance, the Adi Shakti mantra is one of our favorites.
Here we’ll be covering what the adi shakti mantra is, the benefits of it, and how to practice the adi shakti mantra.
What is the Adi Shakti Mantra?
In Kundalini yoga, a mantra is included in every practice. The mantra used will vary based on the energetic and physical goals of the class. However, one thing ties all the mantras together: They’re all aimed to help you tap into the Kundalini energy. This is the dormant and all-powerful energy that resides in the base of your body.
Repeating mantra helps to direct the flow of Kundalini energy up Sushumna nadi
The Adi Shakti mantra is a powerful mantra of devotion and manifestation. Through Shakti, the divine mother power, we tap into our own personal power. Shakti is a Hindu term that describes the feminine aspect of divine energy. When we can tap into the , we tap into the divine mother energy and awaken our own kundalini.
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Benefits of the Adi Shakti Mantra
In general, mantras help to provide a deeper understanding of one’s life force and the power of the cosmos. The Adi Shakti mantra is special in that it connects us to the creative power of the divine feminine. This powerful mantra is a tool for enhanced creativity and personal power.
More specifically, this bhakti mantra helps with:
- Freeing ourselves from insecurities that block us from taking action towards our own freedom
- Eliminating limiting beliefs and fears
- Increasing our sense of personal power, confidence, and security
- Placing us in a mindset to attract abundance
- Tapping us into the creative power of manifestation, and bringing our own creativity into the world. Thus…
- Enriching your life and all those around you through your creativity
Adi Shakti Mantra
Mantras are traditionally written in Sanskrit, the ancient sacred language. It’s important when chanting a mantra to bring intention to every sound and every syllable. That’s where the power lies.
The Adi Shakti mantra is as follows:
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo
Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo
Traditionally, you would repeat this devotional mantra multiple times until you enter a trance-like state.
Adi Shakti Mantra Meaning
Though you can often interpret ancient spiritual texts in multiple ways, we roughly transcribe Adi Shakti to mean…
I bow to the primal power
I bow to the all-encompassing power
I bow to the creative power at the beginning
I bow to the divine mother of all peace
This is the ultimate mantra to honor the divine mother. It calls upon the creative power of Shakti energy, invoking ancient yogi wisdom and the power of creativity.
How to Practice Adi Shakti Mantra
When practicing a devotional mantra such as Adi Shakti, there are often intentional hand gestures to accompany the chanting. If you’re more comfortable just meditating and chanting to begin, start there. As you become more comfortable and begin to awaken your kundalini Shakti, you can add gestures and hand movement.
Take a few deep breaths before you start, and meditate on each syllable of the mantra. You can repeat it to yourself alone, but if it’s your first time we recommend singing along with a recording.
I’ll give you two options here for practicing.
For both options, bring yourself into a comfortable, supported, seated posture. If you’re using a recording of the mantra, set yourself up beforehand so you have everything you need.
First, close your eyes and take a few deep, calming breaths. Relax your shoulders and your jaw. Sink your hips deeper into the floor. Allow yourself to arrive where you are.
Option #1: Stay Seated
Bring your right hand in front of your heart, palm facing down toward the floor. Then place your left hand over the top of your right, also with the palm facing down. Relax your shoulders down your back and pull your chin down slightly. Maintain this position while you repeat the mantra 10 – 15 times.
Option #2: Add Movement
This version adds what is known as Celestial Communication. This adds in movement with the mantra, thus making it a full-body, devotional experience. Feel free to come up with your own movements by embodying your physical self, or learn a previously developed sequence like the one shared here.
Each line of the mantra will have a different movement, so give yourself some time to practice before you make it a meditation.
Adi shakti, adi shakti, adi shakti, namo namo
Bring your arms out to a goal-post shape with closed fingers. Let your palms face forward. You’ll take two sways to the left, two sways to the right then two sways again to the left. Bow at the words namo namo.
What this will look like:
Adi shakti (left), adi shakti (right), adi shakti (left), namo namo (bow)
Sarab shakti, sarab shakti, sarab shakti, namo namo
Release your arms low down by the knees and snake from side to side with your spine. Move with the movement of your words. Then bow at the words namo namo.
What this will look like:
Sarab shakti (snake), sarab shakti (snake), sarab shakti (snake), namo namo (bow)
Pritam bhagwati, pritam bhagwati, pritam bhagwati, namo namo
Bring your hands to prayer position over your left shoulder. You’ll then move your prayer hands to your right knee, back to your left shoulder, back to your right knee, back to your left shoulder, then to your right shoulder, and bowing at the words namo namo.
What this will look like:
Pritam (left shoulder) Bhagwati (right knee), Pritam (left shoulder) Bhagwati (right knee), Pritam (left shoulder) Bhagwati (right shoulder), namo namo (bow)
Kundalini mata shakti, mata shakti, namo namo
Bring your hands in a prayer position at the heart center. Snake once again from side to side with your spine and bow at the words namo namo.
What this will look like:
Kundalini Mata Shakti (snake), Mata Shakti (snake), namo namo (bow)
For both options, when you’re finished, inhale deeply, hold for a count of five at the top, then slowly exhale. Return to your life slowly and with intention, feeling this primal power flowing through you.
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