Mantra yoga: chanting sacred songs self-healing

A mantra yoga session feels like a bath of good energy, purifying, and elevating your vibration. Dare you sing

Surely you have heard the best known of all, the Om. This sound is precisely a mantra, a tool to stop thoughts and achieve a state of inner peace. How? Repeating the same word or set of words to quiet the mind and enter a meditative state.

“Mantras are sounds that have sacred vibrations,” explains Valerie Martin, singer, and teacher of yoga and mantra yoga. “Those of us who sing today mostly come from ancient languages ​​- vibrational languages. The ancient sages discovered that the vibrations of each sound act on certain places or aspects of being”, she adds.

Each mantra is like an antidote or remedy to heal, improve moods, change thoughts, attract good vibes, and calm the mind. Mantras work directly on the energy of the body, and thus also on the state of mind and spirit. Many times at the end of a mantra session, we feel as if we have had a good energy bath,” says Martin.

There are specific mantras that you can use depending on what you need in your life: bring balance to mind, raise vital energy, stimulate the brain, strengthen the spirit or attract abundance, health, fertility, or love.

“Mantras can be used anytime you need them. It is a technique and a tool for self healing . In yoga class, they can be sung at the beginning of the practice, during the practice or after. The Mantras are not only sung, but they can also be repeated out loud or inward to enter meditation,” explains Martin, who has released his first mantra album, Essence of Mantra.

The effect of mantras is so powerful that there are specific classes in which meditations are sung and performed. Martin’s Mantra classes are arranged in a circle around a center or an altar that symbolizes what you want to heal.

“Sometimes, we focus on a theme or energy that we want to work on, and sometimes we sing freely, to light the flame of creativity and enjoyment. Last year I was guiding meditations at the end of each class called Japa mala, which is the repetition of a mantra 108 times,” she adds.


Mantra yoga is, in essence, a healing ritual. You can share it in a group or practice it whenever you feel necessary to free yourself from negative thoughts and focus your mind on the present.

There are mantras to work with different energies, and among them, you can find specific ones for each chakra or energy center of the body. It is a perfect idea to enter the world of sacred songs.

Sit in a meditation posture, focus your attention on the area of ​​each of your chakras, and repeat the mantras corresponding to each energy center:

First chakra: LAM

Second chakra: VAN

Third chakra: RAM

Fourth chakra: YAM

Fifth chakra: HAM

Sixth and seventh chakra: OM


Vegan food: is it more expensive than other diets

When starting with a new lifestyle, one must ask whether they will be able to sustain it financially. Here we solve this question.

It is normal that when the subject of vegan food comes up, certain myths come to light that we do not know if they are real. The truth is that you always have to question them yourself and verify their authenticity.

Today we are going to talk about a unique topic: is vegan food more expensive than what most people eat? Why? Read on to find out what the reality of the matter is.

In every lifestyle, a person can choose what sort of food to eat. That is if you choose a product or brand, that will lead you to spend more or less money. Both in vegan and regular food or any other type of diet, you will be the most capable of choosing the food or product that suits you best, whether it is economic or nutritional.

On the other hand, some products are indeed cheaper than their vegan replacements, but the point is that these are not essential. In other words, if you want to consume vegan ham of a specific brand because you miss the taste of the ham, you can do it, but it is not necessary to spend on that product.

Other examples that follow this same reasoning are vegan cheese, yogurt, milk, among others. One can choose to consume them and know that it will weigh in their wallet or decide not to consume them to avoid the economic expense.

When you choose to avoid vegan processed products, such as cheese and milk, and replace them with real foods, not only your wallet will benefit, but also your health. Natural foods such as legumes, cereals, fruits, and vegetables will always be cheaper than various animal products.

However, if you do not have enough budget to consume vegan processed products, but they are still your favorites, you can choose a third option that is not buying or avoiding them at all costs. This option is to make them yourself! That it is easy, you have to lose your fear.

When you jump into making the vegan products you like best, you have several advantages. First, it will be cheaper. Second, you will choose what ingredients your product will have, and therefore it will be healthier (if that is what you want). Third, the fact of making the product followed by a recipe, gone to buy the ingredients, managed to cook it, and that it has turned out well. This procedure will make consumption of that food much more satisfying.

For all these reasons, we already realized that having a vegan diet is not cheaper nor more expensive. You decide which products to consume and thus avoid the highest prices and increase the consumption of the most reasonable.

In short: avoid consuming processed and animal products and focus on natural, real foods.…

How to know if you are training too hard?

Training is one of the keys to keeping fit, and although doing a little exercise on a daily basis is highly recommended, the truth is that sometimes we may get out of hand. Let’s see below a step guide in which we explain how to know if you are training too hard.

Even if you are training to stay fit, lose weight, or release stress, it may be that so much training only leads you to force your body and thereby cause an injury. Let’s see how to know if you are training too hard.

1.  Apart from the muscles and joints, another sign that you may have trained too hard is that your body feels sore for several days in a row. It is normal that after training, you notice some pain and tiredness, but if two days have passed and you still feel pain, you may not be training at the pace you should.

2.  On the other hand, you should also take into account when the pain is unilateral, that is, if a muscle group or joint on one side of the body is sore after a workout, but not the other. This could also be a sign that you have overloaded your body, even if it is only one side.

3. Regardless of what you notice in your body or in your muscles and bones, you should think about what exercise and training mean to you. If this is on your priority list and takes up all your free time and leaves no room for anything else, something does not work. If you feel guilty or anxious on the rest days, remember that these days are an important part of any training plan and that depending on the type of training you carry out, you must be at least two days in a row without doing any exercise.

4. In order not to force yourself too much, and once you have realized that you are really training too much, you must start over with the exercise as you did at the beginning. Start with smooth and simple exercises but without going to more at the same time. You should reduce the activity as much as possible and introduce more exercises slowly and progressively.

5. You also have to be very careful with the fact of training excessively in a single area of ​​the body since you can cause an imbalance, with a part of your body that will be more developed or much worse, that you end up injuring yourself.…