The start of a yoga class quite often opens with reciting "OM". If memory serves, it is repeated three times. I suppose it is for some reason or another. In parent and tot yoga as well as postnatal yoga, it is often used to calm the babes to start practice but also at the end of class as a closing.
This week, our class was provided some additional insight into what OM really is. Our yoga teacher explained that it is a sound and a vibration more than a particularly meaning of the word. I had one of those, "oh,of course" moments.
The sound resonates in the back of the throat starting with "OOOOh" which has this amazing way of relaxing the body. I instantly feel my shoulders drop and chest open. Air seems to move effortlessly in and out of the mouth. The circle of the lips softens the muscles around the mouth and allows for the sound to deepen as the lips flatten and start the "Mmmmm" sound.
Talk about instant feedback for a purposeful action!
With no real hang up about doing OM with others, I do anticipate that when I am a yoga teacher, leading participants in three OMs may be more intimidating than I would like! To me, it is similar to singing solo in front of a crowd (which never interested me) so I've got some more practicing to do in regards to feeling comfortable in leading the OM.
Here's to the practice,
Aspiring Yoga Teacher
I've practiced yoga since I was a pre-teen and have always found it to keep me centered. I will be a teacher one day and this is my journey to discover teaching and practice.