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
- 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.