A mantra is a poetic phrase, syllable or word that can create a change within the chanter. Mantras can create vibrational patterns of a particular quality and frequency to enhance meditation and bring about healing , higher states of awareness and feelings of well-being.
Yogis believe that all sounds are composed of, or derived from the three basic sounds of the Sanskrit mantra Om. “Om” represents the great whole of creation. According to Yoga it is the sound of creation .
Oming relaxes the entire body, even to the cells and will immediately bring on feelings of inner calm if chanted three to twelve times .
It is not necessary to sit in the lotus pose , any sitting position ( perhaps cushioned ) will do as long as the spine is straight and shoulders relaxed.
Begin chanting Om with the sound ah (as in article) and then, with lips slightly pursed, allow the vowel sound “O” to vibrate deep within the lower belly and slowly rise to resonate with the “Mmm” throughout the head. The tongue rests at the roof of the mouth as you hum the “Mmm”. Intone loudly at first and end softly.
Chanting Om in a group or with another person is especially powerful . A spontaneous approach can be beautiful with the syllables and harmonics weaving patterns of sound , as can chanting in unison with a shared intent .
As well as chanting aloud whisper chant then silently intone by mentally chanting "ah " on the in breath and "o" " mm " on the out breath. This will take you deeper into the inner realms of your being where the peace resides.
Rhythmical chanting in a lilting or monotone and droning way rapid or slow works best with attention to the mantra and the sensations in your body . Enjoy .
Shanti (shan-tee) is a lovely Mantra imparting the quality of peace. Traditional yoga schools often end each class with “Om Shanti” as a form of well-wishing for all.