In this post, we have curated the best mantras for breathwork to make your sessions more fulfilling.
Breathwork is a breathing technique to consciously shift your nervous system from a fight-or-flight mode to a restful one.
This way, instead of accumulating stress, you’re actively healing your body and mind.
We found that mantras are a great backdrop to breathwork sessions, and wanted to share 10 of the best in our library.
Your other option is guided breathwork, which is great for beginners. But once you’re seasoned enough, you can experiment with how you want to take it forward.
Ancient Vedic mantras have the power to heal your mind and body. This creates a perfect combination with the practice of breathwork.
The 10 best mantras for breathwork will make it easy for you to achieve the experience you were hoping for when you took up breathwork.
A quick guide
The Ganesha Mantra is an ode to the Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. The mantra is a prayer people give, before they start a venture of any significance.
The male vocals are extremely soothing. Instrumentation is mainly lively electronic sounds and percussion.
It is perfect for the ‘Heart music’ section in Holotropic breathwork.
Om Namah Shivaya is a very popular mantra dedicated to Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity.
It gives salutations to Lord Shiva, and asks for his blessings.
The track features sharp, strong instrumentation and the vocals back it up.
It makes for a strong and involving phase of the breathwork session.
Samudra Vasane Devi Mantra is a prayer to Mother Earth. It is usually played as soon as you wake up, before you touch the ground with your feet.
The prayer asks for forgiveness for touching her with your feet, and asks for blessings for the day.
The vocals are sweet and touching. Mild use of the tabla and a reverb effect keeps the whole mantra very soothing and friendly to the listener.
It has an energizing effect and is best played during the ‘ heart music’ phase, for Holotropic breathwork.
Om Japa Kusuma Mantra is a Hindu prayer to the Sun god. It is considered the perfect mantra to play along with Surya Namaskar.
The track itself has a very bright, and upbeat vibe to it. We found it a great track to finish off a breathwork session, when you’ve just gone through the intense phase.
This will bring you back to a good energy level immediately.
The instrumentation is light with good use of folk percussion instruments mainly.
Nirvana Shatakam is one of many powerful Hindu mantras, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Nirvana in Sanskrit, means formless. This mantra is something you chant to tell yourself you’re formless.
That you’re neither your body, your memory or intelligence, your desires or your urges.
You’re simply part of the eternal consciousness. Could you think of a better thought to accompany your journey to an altered state?
The vocals are slow, soothing, and have a cosmic feel to it. Instrumentation is light, with mainly flute and strings.
The focus is definitely on the vocals in this track. This is perfect for the more intense portions of a breathwork session.
There is no word or syllable that has more power than the chant of ‘Om’.
It’s the sound that reverberates in the entire cosmos and in every cell of our body, and 417Hz is a frequency that acts as a cleansing agent for our body, removing negativity, negative blocks, and toxicity from our body and mind.
The track features the Om sound periodically, with sufficient blank spaces filled by mild, soothing instrumentation.
It’s a light, tingling track, great to start off a breathwork session with.
It is a powerful Hindu shloka, with the power to cure any illness.
Healing, as you know, is an essential part of breathwork. The most important aspect in fact.
Sudarshana features very sweet vocals set to ambient music. Listening to it for an extended period will relax your mind and body completely.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is another ode to Lord Shiva. It asks Lord Shiva to take you beyond death and illness to immortality.
The track is very otherworldly, and you’ll feel yourself drifting away to another time and place.
The vocals are somewhat faint and seem to be layered into the music. The instrumentation is mainly strings and bell sounds.
The Shiva Gayatri Mantra is a Hindu prayer to lord Shiva, sung in the Gayatri register.
In this track, the sounds seem to echo in the ears of the listener and can make for a pretty immersive experience in an enclosed space.
The vocals are slow and smooth, and there is not much instrumentation. The immersion comes from the reverb effect of the track.
Vakratunda Mahakaya is an ode to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. In fact, this mantra is usually played at the beginning of any important venture.
This fact makes the mantra a great option to start off a breathwork session.
The vocals are slow and deliberate, designed to soothe and calm the listener. Instrumentation is mild and a subtle kind of upbeat.
This is our list of top 10 mantras for breathwork sessions.
These tracks are great for listening in any context, but we feel they would elevate your breathwork experience like no other music can.
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