You’ve probably been to a few yoga classes in which the teacher either opens or closes the class by leading a chant of the word “om”. If you are unfamiliar with this phrase and its meaning, you may have hesitated to join in. I know I certainly did. The first time I experienced this in a yoga class, I wanted to run for the door. It felt weird and I did not understand its meaning. No way was I going to chant this word because for all I knew it was the Sanskrit equivalent of saying “Beetlejuice” three times.
During Teacher Training, we were taught the meaning of “om” and why we chant it in class. Essentially, om represents the energy or life force of the Universe. It represents the beginning, middle, and end of the Universe. When we chant it together, it allows us to feel connected to the Universe and to each other. Continue reading