A-Z of Yoga: O is for Om

October 4, 2015


Om is a mantra that is traditionally chanted at the start and end of a yoga class. It is a soothing sound that can have a huge effect on our wellbeing. The sound om is said to be the sound of the universe. It is thought that by chanting this sound we are connecting to the natural ebb and flow of the universe and acknowledging our place in it.


Chanted as AUM, there are three syllables to the sound. The first is the Arrrr sound starting at the back of the throat and resonating in the solar plexus and chest area.


The second sound is awwww which roles the sound into the upper palate and resonates in the throat area.


The third sound is mmmmmm which merges from the closed mouth and resonates on the lips. The mmm sound eventually merges with the silence of the space around the body creating a still space of silent contemplation.


The sound has a mental and physical effect as the vibration and rhythm slows the nervous system and calms the Mind. It allows us to separate ourselves from our day indicating that our practice is a special sacred time.

I often find the sound of a room Om-ing magical. Have a go at creating the sound on your own if you are not sure about it and then let go in your asana practice and observe any sensations that arise.

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