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I’m new to Yoga. What does it mean when yogis chant OM?

Om is typically chanted at the beginning and end of a yoga practice. The root of Om is in Hinduism and is a trio of sounds comprised of “A, U, M.” Many experts say that the trio of sounds represents the heavens, earth and underworld and Hindu Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Om is also known as the ‘seed chakra,’ relating to the third eye or crown chakra, connecting us to the Divine within. The sounds created by the OM chant creates a state of deep calm, focuses the mind in a more contemplative mode. Om is also known as the sound of the universe, unifying the body/mind/spirit as one–validating harmony and oneness.

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