Think about this – your thoughts shape your emotions, which shape your actions, which shape your entire day.  In order to start your day off on the right foot, try reciting a positive affirmation to yourself.  According to YogaBasics, a mantra is “a word or series of words chanted aloud or silently to invoke spiritual qualities.”  From your self-image and the way you take up space in this world, to the way you process what’s going on around you, using a mantra daily gives you the power to guide your thoughts. 

A mantra can be as simple as using the words “inhale-exhale” to deepen your focus in meditation, or one word that you’d like to embody more, such as “peace,” “calm,” or “love” or as complex as a complete statement.  According to Healthline, here are some of the most frequent benefits those who develop a mantra practice see:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increase self-awareness 
  • Increased self-love
  • Reduced anxiety
  • A greater sense of calm
  • Less fatigue

Ready to develop your morning mantra practice? Here are eight morning mantras from fellow yogis to give a try:

“I exist. Therefore, I am worthy.” ~Tia Carrara

“Even though I feel difficult emotions, I deeply and completely love & accept myself.” ~Lija Yoga

“Grow with the flow.  Conditions are always changing, but real peace lies in the ability to adapt to those changes.” ~Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, post by Lettered.Together

“Thousands and thousands of failures, both big and small, are the foundation of all success.” ~Kino MacGregor

“Observe. Accept. Release. Transform.” ~Yung Pueblo

“May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on.” ~Mama Sunshine

“I’m not searching for my other half, because I am not half.  I complete me.” ~Yoga Daily Community