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Get your Om (Or Aum) back

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Get your Om (Or Aum) back

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.

http://www.yogamovement.com/resources/aum.html

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/820

A way to get Yoga in to your day- 7 days a week!

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Like I said before I have jumped right into the practice of yoga with an open mind. The physical aspects were the least of my concerns. I know what my body is capable of and I know I can work my way back up to where I used to be while running track if not beyond. I was more concerned about the spiritual part. My mind races. I can never calm it down so meditation is just off-putting to me. Also I am always rushing to the next thing and never stopping to be in the moment.

So I figured I would get a few books on the history of Yoga and read about techniques for mediation as well as the physical practice.

Well the first book I picked up was just what I was looking for.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra, is currently providing me with a way to look at yoga as a life style and how to make it possible to reach a healthy spiritual practice as well.

I find it interesting that Chopra, being a medical doctor, incorporate medical theory and other religious theory into an explanation of Yoga presenting all things are basically intertwined and religions and medical philosophy stem from each other. Being in pharmacy school I can appreciate this analytical approach.

This book also provides a way to incorporate the 7 spiritual laws of Yoga into each day of the week. And that is the first thing I am going to try to do to help reach a more peaceful state of mind.

Below are the 7 laws and their mantras. You can check out my amazon kindle notes and goodreads to see other things i picked out from the book.

Let me know what you think!

Sunday- Law of Pure Potentiality

  • “Om Bhavam Namah”- I am absolute Existence

Monday- Law of Giving and Receiving

  • Om Vardhanam Namah”- I am the nourisher of the Universe

Tuesday- Law of Karma (or cause and effect)

  • “Om Kriyam Namah”- My actions are aligned with cosmic law

Wednesday- Law of Least effort

  • “Om Dakaham Namah”- My actions achieve minimal benefit with minimal effort

Thursday- Law of intention and Desire

  • “Om Ritam Namah”- My intentions and desires are supported by cosmic intelligence.

Friday- Law of Detachment

  • “Om Anandham Namah”- My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome

Saturday- Law of Dharma (or purpose in life)

  • “Om Varunam Namah”- My life is in harmony with cosmic law.

The goal for these is the meditate on them in the morning and practice them not only through your Yoga Practice but throughout your life all day. For ways to incorporate them into your practice and life you’re going to have to read the book (:)) But I promise you it will be a good read and something you will keep referring back to.