The familiar “Om” chant at the opening and closing of many yoga classes may just seem like a formality of the ancient practice. But the sound can manifest more than just a chanted mantra that resonates between studio walls—it actually is meant to connect you to the world around you through its vibrational currents which penetrate the air.
The Universal Sound
In dharmic spiritual philosophies, the meaning of the word Om (aum) is described as “the primordial seed from which all other sound arises and therefore of all creation,” according to YogaLifeJourney.com. “It is the reverberation, the resonsance of the vibrational sound of the universe.” Om represents you and everything around you—in past, present and future.
The word Om is made of three sounds: A-U-M. When the three individual sounds are chanted separately (AH – OO – MM) it is meant to provide a connection to your head, throat and heart spaces. The final part of the word is the silence that follows the first three sounds—a silence that is the representation of pure consciousness.
Connect To The Vibration
Om can be your connection to a meaning or intention in your life. You interact with the world through your physical, emotional and spiritual presence, which can be expressed by the sounding of “Om.” It can be sounded once, or it can be repeated several times within a state of meditation. You don’t have to wait for your next yoga class to voice your own universal vibrations.
Try to gain a state of mindfulness and peace when you wake in the morning or before you go to bed by chanting “Om” and feeling the sound resonate through your body and into the space around you. You can even chant a soft “Om” to yourself in the middle of the day with a quiet hum that resonates between the roof of your mouth and your head.
Manifest your own power and intention from the energy of the world around you. You are within in now—let the Om resonate within your consciousness.