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Source: THE SANSKRIT SYMBOL FOR OM

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Q What’s the point of om-ing in yoga class?

First of all, there’s the benefit of bringing the group together in a way that allows everyone to participate without worrying about standing out. The om also serves to ritualize the time you’re spending and is a way of dedicating yourself to the practice: You are caring for yourself and tuning out the noise of daily life.

Plus, the actual sound and vibration you make when you chant om is the same vibrational frequency that, according to sacred geometry—a sequence of mathematical patterns that reoccur throughout nature—is in everything and is supposed to have emotional healing properties. Therefore, through making this sound, we are connecting to everything in the universe.

Physically, the actual vibration the sound produces in your body slows the mind and calms the nervous system. Try feeling and sensing the peace in your body after you chant—and see what the benefits may be for you.

Mandy Ingber,yoga teacher and author of Yogalosophy for Inner Strength

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