A yoga technique that can be advantageous to the singer is a practice of mantras. Harbhajan Singh Puri (1929-2004), known as Yogi Bhajan, suggests that mantras are statements that may help an individual gain control of the mind and regain focus. The Yogi suggests that mantras are powerful and are considered the mind’s relationship with the Cosmos or Universal Consciousness. Bhajan states that the action of the mouth, tongue and lips results in words, which may stimulate meridians in the head and assist the endocrine system On a physical level, and with correct repetition, mantras may assist in regulating breath and allow the mind to focus on the present Lister suggests numerous mantras that singers and teachers may find conducive to their self-assurance.
These mantras can be practiced silently as a mental warm-up before the performance. Lister recommends the singer approach the mantra with assurance and distinguish between what is positive and negative. She states that the objective of the mantra should be to find meaning from the habit and the repetition, and more importantly, to believe in the power it may reveal Endocrine system: glands that help control the body’s metabolic activity and include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, ovaries and testes.
Confirmation, when spoken out loud, or silently, can change the mind in the present and change feelings of anxiety, regret and intense fear. The Yogi Bhajan states that three negative utterances give singers and yogis a performance or The mantras that can weaken before practicing yoga are: “I don’t know, I’m not ready, and I can’t do that.” He reminds the student that mantras are sutras and negative statements create negative patterns in the mind.
Once the cycle has completed, the singer is instructed to inhale and hold the breath for a few seconds before exhaling and relaxing. The student is instructed to keep the tone consistent when practicing the mantra. The student is also reminded to be aware of the head so it does not tilt backwards.
Similar to Lister, Emmons and Thomas’s methods, yoga mantra meditation techniques can be of benefit to singers. Yogi Donna Quesada suggests that mantra meditation may reduce anxiety and depression, and transcends the senses. She states that a daily mantra practice may also release neuroses and remove subconscious, unhealthy patterns.156 A singer-friendly quote by Bhajan that may provide relief: We meditate so that our minds can be sharp and alert. We chant mantras so that our souls may be ignited like candles. In the light of this beauty we will walk