“OM” is said to be the sound of the universe.
We chant OM at the beginning and end of our yoga sessions – this is the tradition in many schools of yoga.
It is an acknowledgment that the universe around us is constantly moving—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the blinking of our eyes and the beating of our hearts.
Just like the ancient yogis, we use the sound of OM to recognise this never-ceasing movement and vibrate in unison with the universe. Chanting it is meant to resonate that movement throughout the breath, awareness and energy to reveal a more powerful connection with the universe.
I chant OM at home and it reminds me of all of the yogis around the globe, and throughout time, doing the exact same thing. I find it relaxing and is a great beginning to meditation.