OM or AUM ?
OM includes all sounds because, OM’s primary components are A, U, M.
‘Aaaa’ is pronounced with the mouth open. ‘Uu’ is the connector. ‘Mmm’ is pronounced with the lips closed. ' OM hence engulfs all sounds that are generated. A-U-M is used in pranaayaama. 'A' is for naval breathing, 'U' thoracic breathing, 'M' is shoulder and above. As a Beejaakshara, (meaning, the source for all sounds) it is pronounced as OM.
You probably know that yoga has something to do with movement and meditation has something to do with sitting still. Between the two is a stepping stone called OM meditation or in some traditions, AUM meditation or OHM meditation. These meditations are based on mantra, which in Sanskrit means a sound, a certain utterance or a syllable. The mantra helps concentrate the mind and prepares it for deep, sustained meditation periods.
Valuable benefits of Chanting OM
OM chanting is known to have transcendental qualities. It can bring peace and balance to the body, and is known to relieve people from numerous physical and mental ailments when practiced regularly.
- Chanting of OM Mantra purifies the environment around the chanter and produces positive vibrations.
- It gives you deep relaxation.
- Your concentration and focus increases
- Chanting removes negative mental impressions from your mind
- It gives you better immunity and health
- Improves your voice, gives strength to vocal cord and thyroid gland
- Has a cardiovascular benefit and normalizes blood pressure
- Helps with emotional regulation
- Increases energy and removes fatigue
*Hearing a mantra on an audio tape, or reading it from a book is futile. If the mantra is not delivered properly it can cause a lot of harm.We recommend you to learn how to chant the powerful mantra from a Yogacharya / Yoga Guru to ensure that you chant the mantra properly and experience the full benefits. *
Sources and references: www.innerengineering.com/pg/om-meaning-and-meditation/