How to Om

Om is everywhere. It’s in everything. It’s in everyone. Considered to be an all-pervading sound in the universe, chanting Om connects us to everything around us and within us. In many yoga classes, Om is chanted at the beginning and/or end of class so it’s no surprise that a student recently asked me “how do you Om?”

Comprised of three syllables –A, U, M – Om is pronounced Ahh-Ooh-Mmm. There’s a beginning, middle and end – creation, preservation and destruction. These 3 characteristics also apply to everything that has sound which is everything and everyone that has energy in the universe.

Om is best experienced with the eyes closed. Once the eyes shut, take a deep inhale and as you exhale begin your Om. Notice the first sound of “Ahh” – feel and hear it. Let the Ahh sound resonate in your chest area, heart, shoulders, and upper back.

Next hear and feel the transition to “U”. The “U” pronounced “Ooh” starts to trickle down and resonate through the belly/solar plexus/third chakra area. Naturally move to the Mmm. Finish out the Mmm by sealing the lips and letting the sound vibrate around the head region particularly the area of the sixth chakra. As you complete your Om and it slowly exits your body, feel the immediate sensations and hear the silent pause.

Chanting Om brings life into your body, presence to your mat and states your commitment to those around you. For most students in the West, it is one of the few sounds (other than breath) made in a yoga class. The next time you Om, enjoy all parts of it –the beginning, the middle feeling and sound and the vibrational ending. Happy Oming!

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  2. Such a nice article on om. I liked your article , very informative. After reading i tried it, and i experienced the same what is written. Thanks for giving the right method of oming. Before reading your article, i was simply chanting om, but never enjoyed so much.


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