Why the Heck Do We Chant OM in Yoga Class?

by Heather Feather

If you have ever attended a yoga class you know that the sound, “OM,” is typically chanted at the end. You hear a deep guttural sound as the entire class falls into bliss. Have you ever wondered why this sound is chanted to close a yoga session and why it feels so good?

Perhaps you have chanted OM hundreds of times and never pondered its meaning.

Let’s dive in together!

There are many definitions of this ancient, sacred sound and it can be overwhelming to sift through.

The sound OM is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism that signifies the essence of the soul and is believed to be the sound of creation. OM has been described as meaning “the universe beyond the sun”, that which is “mysterious and inexhaustible”, the “essence of breath, life, everything that exists”, or “the YES!”

So, what the heck does all of this mean?

It is a bit esoteric and I want to shed some light on these abstract explanations.

The sound OM vibrates at a frequency of 432 Hz which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout nature. By chanting OM we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection with all other living beings, nature and
the universe.

That’s why it feels so good! Essentially we are connecting with all that is.

The sound has a calming effect on the nervous system and the mind similar to the effects of meditation. When the mind and body are relaxed, blood pressure decreases and ultimately heart health improves. OM literally clears away the junk and makes room for clarity
and health.

By taking time out to chant the sound OM we step into the present moment, care for ourselves and send a signal to the universe that, “YES!” we are ready to bring our bodies back into balance from the chaos of everyday life.

Since chanting OM is so great for the body, we want to make sure you know the best way to make the sound and get the maximum benefit.

When chanting OM it actually sounds more like A-U-M. Open your mouth as if you were saying “Aaaaa” at the dentist. This is where the sound begins at the base of the spine. Then, create a circle with your lips and sound out the “Uuuuuu” part which moves up the length of the spine. Last, close your mouth for the “Mmmmm” part at the end as if you were enjoying an amazing meal. The end part of OM goes all the way up to the crown of the head and even above and beyond.

Practice chanting OM this way and you will experience decreased levels of stress, feel more balanced and connected to the world around you and likely begin to attract all that you desire.

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