You don’t need to be a yogi to have heard the sacred sound and mantra, “Om,” although it is the first and last sound you’d hear in a yoga class. But what does it mean? When you say this soothing and peaceful sound, you’re aligning the body, mind, and spirit—while also aligning with the universe, as it is widely considered the eternal sound.
Let’s put it into perspective. The pronunciation of “Om” is made up of three letters, which are A, the wakening state, U, the dream state, and M, the state of deep sleep. As you pronounce the A, relax your jaw and listen as the sound rises from your stomach. For U, gently bring your lips together as the sound moves from your stomach into the heart. Lastly, for M, float your tongue to the roof of your mouth and close your lips to make a buzzing sound. This syllable should last longer than the others.
Now that we have the sound down pat, let’s talk about a few poses that allow for a very “Om” experience, including the practice of relaxation, meditation, connecting with the inner self, and calming and stabilizing the mind.
Savasana (Corpse Pose)
To begin this pose, start by lying on your back, straightening your legs, and letting your feet roll outward. Next, ease your shoulders away from your neck, rest your arms beside you, and place your palms upward. As you exhale, allow your body to relax and sink into the floor. Make sure to continue stillness as you quiet your mind.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
To achieve Vajrasana, start by sitting on the floor in a kneeling position. Next, bring your big toes together, spread out your heels, and lower your behind so that it rests comfortably on your feet. Keep your head, neck, and shoulders straight, and your eyes closed. Last but not least, put your hands on your knees with your palms facing downward.
Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
Start by sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Keeping your spine erect, bend your right knee and place it on your left thigh, making sure that the sole of your foot is pointing upward and the heel is close to your stomach. Repeat the same step with the other leg. Next, with both of your legs crossed and feet placed on opposite thighs, place your hands on your knees in a mudra position.
As you hold these poses, focus on your breathing and chant “Om” to create and empower all of your mental and spiritual processes. After you’ve tried it out, please let us know how your felt in the comment section below! HealingRadius would love to hear from you.
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