The sound of Om is commonly heard in yoga classes wherein the teacher and his or her students chant it as they go through the complex poses of the practice.
Spelled as AUM, each letter embodies the divine energy of Shakti and its three primary characteristics:
But, what is it with this sound?
Om may seem like a short mantra, but it has four syllables.
The first syllable is A, which is pronounced as a long “awe.” The sound vibrates at the back of the throat and then stretches to the solar plexus and chest.
U is the second syllable, which is pronounced as a long “oo.” The sound rolls forward along the upper palate and gradually and you will feel its vibrations in the throat.
The third syllable is M, which is pronounced as a long “mmm.” Here, you will feel the top of your mouth vibrate as your front teeth gently touch each other.
The deep silence of the Infinite is the last syllable. This is where you feel a wave of calmness wash over you.
When chanted, the sound Om vibrates at 432 Hz. 432 HZ is the vibrational frequency that is found in nature.
That said, AUM is the basic sound of the universe. Therefore, chanting it, you are acknowledging your connection to nature and other living beings.
The vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation of Om produces a calming effect on the body and the nervous system. Om mimics the effects of meditation, which also helps lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
Moreover, the Om tone, according to the de Muynck (the creator of Ohm Therapeutics), is effective because it is ensconced in the seasons and cycles, rhythms and pulses of life itself.
Om is a continuous presence that surrounds us, which makes it a powerful catalyst for accessing the body’s healing ability.
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