At the end of a yoga class, we sometimes hear the teacher say “Lokha Sumastah Sukhino Bhavantu”. Yet have ever wondered it’s significance or how it connects to your yoga practice?
Although the words are said in Sanskirt, an ancient Indian language (also the language of yoga), this mantra is inherently non-religious as it is not found in any of the Vedic texts. Instead, it is understood as an expression of the universe, an expression of our deep connection to the beings around us (people and nature).
The translation of the text is:“May all beings be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”.
We say these words at the end of a practice as an offering to the world; a reminder of our deeper connection to the world around us. That for every positive (or negative) action we offer, there is a positive (or negative) counter-reaction. Therefore, the way we carry ourselves and interact with the world around us has great impacts on all.
In the essence, it can simply be understood to mean: “do unto others as you would have done to you”- a reminder that our thoughts, actions, energy and behavior have impacts on the world around us- the more positivity, compassion and kindness we give, the more of the same we receive and a beautiful world we co-create!