In yoga classes, it is common to begin with the chanting of “Om” or “Aum”. This ancient Sanskrit syllable is considered to be the most sacred sound in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and is often used as a mantra in meditation and spiritual practices.
The sound “Om” is composed of three sounds: A, U, and M. Each of these sounds represents a different aspect of consciousness. The “A” sound represents the waking state of consciousness, the “U” sound represents the dream state of consciousness, and the “M” sound represents the deep sleep state of consciousness. Together, these three sounds represent the totality of all experience, both conscious and unconscious.
When chanted, the sound of “Om” is said to create a vibrational energy that connects us with the universe and helps to quiet the mind and focus our attention. It is also believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system and to promote a sense of inner peace and harmony.
Chanting “Om” at the beginning of a yoga class serves as a reminder of the deeper purpose and meaning of the practice. It helps to create a sense of unity and connection among the students and to cultivate a mindful and present state of awareness.