What is Om Yoga?
Om yoga meditation is a method to seek liberation from worldly bondage. Most of us identify too closely with our perishable body and turbulent mind, and consequently are troubled by the inevitable vicissitudes of life. Such individuals can use Om yoga to free themselves from the clutches of fate and destiny. Read on to learn more about Om yoga and how you can benefit from practicing it.
Om the Mantra
Om is considered the primordial sound which reverberates across the universe. It is foremost mantra in Hinduism. The word mantra’ literally means a thought that liberates. Om is also used by Jains and Buddhists in their meditation and rituals. Meditating on Om can have physical and mental benefits.
How to Practice Om Yoga Meditation
- Sit in a comfortable posture with your back straight.
- Breathe naturally through your nose and avoid breathing through the mouth.
- Close your eyes and focus on the point between your eyes.
- Become aware of your natural breathing as the air flows in and out of your nostrils.
- Now, start to intone Om within your mind.
- Slowly, the Om sound will become softer and mellow.
- Simultaneously your breath will become refined, slow and subtle.
- During your meditation, you will be disturbed by inner sensations, memories, impressions and thoughts. Watch all these in an objective and detached manner. Ignore the mental distractions and gently return your attention to the Om mantra.
- If you are bothered by anxiety, tension or restlessness, take deep breaths to calm your mind and continue with the meditation.
- Do not strain yourself and do Om yoga meditation in an easy and relaxed manner.
- Initially, practice Om yoga meditation for about 15-20 minutes, preferably early in the morning when the mind is calm and cool.