A mantra commonly chanted at the beginning and end of yoga classes, can be defined as the following:
The Sound of all Sounds
The Sound of the Universe
The Sound of Creation
The Beginning of Life
Consists of 4 parts:
A, U, M, Silence - observing the silence after AUM is very important. It’s an opportunity to look within, observe and absorb deep intelligence from the Infinite, and to listen for anahat nada (unstruck sounds) that are continuously happening in the body, but cannot be heard by the ears
Why do we chant OM mantra?
Signifies that we are tuning into the sound of the Universe, and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature, and the Universe as one.
When chanted, it vibrates at the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
Physically, depending on the emphasis on O or M, it can be energizing or relaxing due to it’s physiological effects on the sympathetic (O) and parasympathetic (M) nervous systems.
Spiritually, chanting produces a vibrational energy that creates an armor around you to protect you from negative energy.