The Shree Maa Asana Sequence is a holistic spiritual practice which creates and maintains a divine vibration and a soothing peacefulness in body, mind, and soul. It is excellent for use as a daily spiritual discipline.
Shree Maa’s yoga practice takes four aspects of Yoga – Asana (physical postures), Mantra (chant), Pranayama (breath control), and Meditation – and weaves them together into one discipline. This weaving together of our spiritual knowledge and practices reflects our understanding of the word Tantra, which literally means “to weave like the warp and woof of a cloth.”
The Benefits of Mantra in Yoga Practice
Mantra – Man Trayate – means “that which takes away the thinking/opinion part of the mind.” By thinking about the mantra, we become free from other thoughts and cultivate its divine vibration within.
In the Shree Maa Asana Sequence, each asana is held for the length of time for you to recite one (or more) mantra(s). For example, you could choose the Mantra Om Namah Shivaya (meaning I bow to the Consciousness of Infinite Goodness) and chant the mantra out loud, or mentally, while holding the pose.
Using Mantra during our yoga asanas has special benefits as best outlined in Chapter Seven of the Devi Gita:
For a beginner, apply one mantra to each asana. As you advance, you can add more recitations of the mantra, or even change the rhythm and control of the breath (Pranayama). You may also do multiple rounds of the standing asana to increase the length of the practice.
A great place to start is following along with this video, as Shree Maa chants the Gayatri Mantra:
Follow this sequence of positions, remembering to hold each asana for the duration of your chosen mantra.
#1 Prakshan/Tadasana – (hands in prayer position standing up straight)
#26 One Leg Seated Fold – (both right leg forward and left leg forward)