Using Mantra to Fall Into a Peaceful and Deep Asleep

By Naveena Sadasivam

Have you ever had one of those nights when you toss and turn and can’t seem to fall asleep? Your mind is racing from one thought to the next, refusing to settle down and holding you back from drifting away. It’s a common problem. In our hectic and scattered lives, we’re often pulled in a million different directions. And with phones and tablets and other gadgets constantly buzzing and beeping, vying for our attention, it can be hard to unwind at the end of a long day and fall into a deep, restful sleep.

Chanting mantras out loud or repeating them in your head at the end of your day can help calm and relax the mind. Here are two mantras that you can try chanting to de-clutter your mind:

  1. Ohm: Practice saying ohm with the inhale and exhale of your breath. Inhale, hold for a second and on the exhale say ohm slowly and deliberately, remembering to draw out the ohm to the length of your exhale. The synchronization of your breath and the ohm can be very calming and can help lull you to sleep.
  2. Sa Ta Na Ma: The sounds in this mantra mean life, death and birth in Sanskrit. As you chant Sa Ta Na Ma, bring your thumb to your index, middle, ring and little finger with each sound. Slow your breathing as you do this. Repeat for ten minutes or until you find yourself less anxious and destressed.
These meditative mantras over time can help you calm your mind. If you’re interested in chanting and learning new mantras, attend the Kirtan event tonight at the Yoga in the Heights studio in Jersey City. Chanting will be led by Laksmi Nrsimha Das, Nicole D’Andrea and friends and will take place from 7:30 pm to 10 pm. Donations are encouraged, but not required. All proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project, a veterans support organization.
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