om [ōm] noun
Om is a sacred Hindu and Buddhist syllable used as a mantra or in blessings to honor the universe.
Recently I was asked why "Om" in yoga, "what's the chanting of 'Om' all about, i don't know if i like it". Simple answer, if it doesn't feel right, then don't do it. That's true for anything you're doing in yoga, if something doesn't feel right or feels like too much, just don't, do what is comfortable and feels right for you and your body.
When I did my first "Om", at first i felt a bit silly.
Aaaaaaa- UUUUUUUUUU- mmmmmmm.
Then i wanted to know what i was saying and why exactly i was saying it, as my Catholic guilt was beginning to set in. So I too was asking burning questions, "what in the world does 'Om' even mean", "am i worshiping other gods with this chant", "am i calling on a deity for protection", "what does this do for me, or TO me". When i researched "Om", over and over again i continued to find a quite beautiful explanation.
In simple terms, when God created this vast universe we live in, the very first sound that came from that creation, was the sound "Om". The sound of vibration. All life vibrates. Everything living moves. After that realization, when I chant Om at the beginning or end of class, and I feel that vibration in my throat, to my chest, to my belly, to my head, this energy that moves thru me which i didn't understand before, for me, becomes more clear and reminds me that we are all God's creation and this vibration in me, is the same vibration in you, and the same in all of nature, and the earth, and the heavens, the whole universe that was created, has this same vibration. Because God lives in ALL of us, past, present, and future. Pretty cool, huh?
Sometimes in a world that can make us feel so small, to be reminded of the grander scheme of things, an "Om" can bring me back to the fact that we are all indeed, connected.
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.
Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini