Many of us have taken a yoga class or two and at the end of each class the Yoga Instructor closes class with a big old Om. For some the Om resonates in our bodies, vibrating us to the very core, while other silently stay closed mouth and suddenly shy. One possible reason for this is you may not know or understand the meaning of Om, it can make us feel uncomfortable and intimidated in a large group.
So, let’s break down the Om! Om has 4 true syllables. When pronounced correctly it is said, AUM.. The first syllable starts in your chest, this is a strong and sounding Ah, with a wide-open mouth. Next the U( bring the sound up to your throat, your mouth softens slightly. The third, M brings the vibrations to the teeth as we close our mouths. Lastly, silence. This becomes meditative as we become one with our environment.
Om, encompasses all divine energy, no matter what religion or spiritual belief you personally practice. It has three main characteristics, creation, preservation and liberation. The mantra that we chant is said to have very high spiritual, healing and creative powers. Om gives us a special time in which we honor ourselves and those around us, acknowledging ourselves and holding ourselves accountable so that we stay true to our practice.
So even if you decide to stay quiet during the Om, close your eyes, take it in, feel…as you grow in your practice you will find your Om.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.