Meaning of Om

One of our assignments from Yoga Teacher Training was to think about the meaning of om and what it meant to me. Doing some research online using different sources, this was how I defined om (it is actually a chant that has 3 sounds: A-U-M, then silence).

Om symbol

Om is the sound of the universe that unites and aligns the body, mind, and spirit and creates a connection with the universe and one another.

Om is the sound that connects us to the universe or the divine. It unites the body, mind, and spirit by energizing the body, clearing and opening the mind, and bringing awareness of the spiritual. The chant aligns us with one another and links our practice to the past, present, and future.

References:

Bragg, R. (2011, April). What is the meaning of OM in yoga? Livestrong.com. Retrieved February 13, 2014, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/416396-what-is-the-meaning-of-om-in-yoga/

Pizer, A (2012, August). Definition of Om. About.com Yoga. Retreived February 17, 2014, from http://yoga.about.com/od/howtospeakyoga/g/om.htm

Reiss, V. (2013, November). The meaning of om. Huffington Post. Retreived February 13, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kripalu/meaning-of-om_b_4177447.html

Wikipedia (n.d.). Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om

Yoga with Subhash (2010, May 31). Om – It’s meaning and significance [web log post]. Retrieved Febraury 13, 2014, from http://yogawithsubhash.com/2010/05/31/om-meaning-significance/

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