Ask The Teacher . . . What is Om?


Ask The Teacher . . . What is Om?


I really like starting class singing Om, but what does it mean?


Om or Aum is a Sanskrit word meaning omnipresence, all-encompassing. It is said to be the sound of the universe, being the basic sound of the world – the word that contains all other sounds.

Aum is spoken as three sounds ah–ohh—um–and is a vibration or mantra.

Here are a few meanings of AUM in reference to yoga:

1. A symbolizes the wakeful state or the conscious state; U-is the dream state; and M- the dreamless sleep state.

2. The combined letters A-U-M- stand for speech, mind, and breath.

3. A-U-M stands for the person who is without desire, fear, or anger.

4. A-U-M represents the feminine, male and neuter genders. When taken as a whole, the entire symbol represents all creation, as well as the creator.

5. A-U-M represents the past, present and future.

6. When we sing Aum at the beginning of class we are preparing the space, it can give us a feeling of oneness with everyone.

Chanting Aum allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves-the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Aum, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.

–sacredfunk website

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