Tonight was an awesome yoga class for many reasons. But the most interesting part for me, was at the end after savasana our teacher told us we as a studio have lost our Om. She pulled out a Chakra bowl and made us all Om and match the pitch as best we could to practice getting our Om back. After a very invigorating class it was the most amazing thing to sit there feeling my body vibrate from my own Om combined with the class and the Chakra bowl. I felt it in my nose, throat, heart and it almost had an intoxicating effect. I don’t know if it was because I was sweating my brains out and happy to be sitting down or what not but it really got me to thinking about the power of this mantra and what it actually means; and how and why we should get it back.
The exact definition I found on About.com was
Definition: Om is a very simple chant with a complex meaning. Often chanted three times at the start and finish of a yoga session, om is the whole universe coalesced into a single sound and represents the union of mind, body, and spirit that is at the heart of yoga. When chanted, the sound of om is actually three syllables – a, u, and m.
Here are some other facts I found interesting about AUM:
- According to Upanishad, all speech and thought are derived from the one sound AUM
- AUM expresses ultimate reality
- AUM is one word interpreted as having three sounds representing creation, preservation, and destruction
- A symbolizes the conscious or waking state, the letter U the dream state, and the letter M the dreamless sleep state of the mind and spirit.
- Aum became the sacred word hum of the Tibetans, amin of the Moslems, and amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Christians. Amen in Hebrew means “sure, faithful.”
- In the Christian Bible, Sat-Tat-Aum is spoken of as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om.
- As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
So, I learned that this was a very important part of our yoga practice. It connects all of us to the earth, the universe and each other. I am glad that our teacher made us “get our Aum back” in class and that she cared so much to get us to remember that we are not only at class for fitness reasons but to better ourselves spiritually as well.
Saw this video this morning on YogaJournal.Com and it made me smile in light of my stressful day ahead.
I ❤ NYC…
needing some inspiration for the next 4 months!!!
Stumbled across this video today and I am going to try it in the morning. I don’t usually have too much time to get in a whole practice before class and I end up being sleepy and tight in class.
Wanted to share it with you all as well! 🙂
One thing I absolutely love about coming to Las Vegas is getting outside and hiking at Red Rock Canyon. Its been so beautiful here (about 65 degrees in January!!) I made my boyfriend come off the golf course for a day and come hiking with me! Here are some pictures from one of the trails we went on. We made our own trail at the end which was fun and found some pretty pictures.
Also a fantastic workout climbing over rocks and through tricky trails! 🙂 A great way to get out doors and work on those connections with the world around you!