Many people ask what “Om” is, and why it is done in some Yoga classes. I wanted to share briefly about it and hopefully answer some questions you may have about it.
OM – is a sound more than a word. Some say is the sound that contains all sounds and is vibration of the universe. Traditionally, it was a chant used in India as a way to connect to something beyond the self. It is still used for this reason today.
In Yoga class, “Om” is often used as a pause between the busy day and the calmness of the yoga class. When I use “Om” in my classes, it helps me, as a teacher, to feel more centered and relaxed. I also feel more connected to the students in the class.
If you go to a class that “Om”s, feel free to join in or to sit in your own silence.