If you are new to Yoga or even if you have been practicing for a while, at some point the question “why do we Om?” has probably crossed your mind.
‘Om-ing’ is a unique experience, sometimes soft or sometimes strong, chanting the mantra Om to begin your yoga practice (or to end a class) can have different effects for different people. It can be energising, or relaxing (or maybe both at the same time), if you have experienced rolling Oms you may have even found it quite emotional. The sacred syllable Om represents divinity and is the sound of creation. While chanting this mantra we hear the sounds and feel the vibrations in our body, this helps us to connect to the universe and when chanting in a group, creates unity within the class and helps to open a mind space ready to absorb the teachings of your instructor. It is normal to feel awkward if you are new to chanting, but be brave, Om along with your class mates and you will feel the benefits.