Yoga classes traditionally start and end with chanting of the sound OM.
OM is a mantra, or vibration, It is said to be the sound of the universe. What does that mean?
Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us—that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell.
As we chant OM, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing.
After the sounding of the OM at the end of the yoga class, I will say “ Namaste”
This is a Sanskrit word which literally translated means “I bow to you.” It is more commonly translated as “the divine light in me honors the divine light in you “