One of the tools available to a yogi is mantra repetition. Even from a psychological perspective, it is recognized that the words we use create our reality. If we go through our lives speaking unkind words to ourselves, we create a cycle of suffering where we see ourselves as small, we act small, we continue to speak in a berating manner to ourselves, and so on. Mantras are a tool to cross over the mind, using powerful Sanskrit words that elevate our intention to God or peace or kindness or compassion. Through mantra repetition, we purify our speech, and through that, we learn how it is to go through life as though we are floating on air.
The yogi acknowledges that the practice does not exempt one from the highs and lows of life. There will still be many things and situations outside of the yogi’s control. But what we learn is that we can control the contents of our own mind, we can control our internal reality, we can control our emotional and spiritual response. And in that way, no matter what difficult situations arise, we are able to get through them, all the way to the other side, unhurt and unscathed. The difficulty is not denied, but we gain the power to let go of the suffering attached to it; and it is in that way that we rise and float and levitate.