Free Yoga Class on OM
The first class in the Yoga Stories 2 series begins with the sounds of OM. OM is made up of three sounds A, U and M which represent Brahma the God of beginnings, Vishnu the God of preservation and Shiva the God of endings. When you chant the sound of OM it is said to bring your whole being into harmony and balance.
In today’s class we will focus on the balancing posture half moon balancing or ardha chandrasana to find harmony and balance. Our intention will be to focus on the beginning, middle and ending of each and every posture and experience throughout our practice.
Nada Yoga, is the yoga of sacred sound. Mantras work on our minds, attitudes and energetic body. We can harmonize our mind and body through mantra, a fully embodied experience.
Mantras are meant to help you bypass the chatter of your mind to reach higher states of awareness and self-realization.
Alanna Kaiv alya says, “Mythology is the language of the unconscious. It gives shape, meaning and context, to the collective unconscious, and allows us in turn, to give shape, meaning and context to the stories that play out within our lives. Mythology is an essential part of our human psyche. And it is critical to cultivate a meaningful mythology within our own private lives. This is particularly important in our modern world, when so few traditions, religious and otherwise, provide this.”
What is myth? Myth is metaphor and through it we are better able to understand our outside world. Myths bring meaning to our lives and help us navigate the more challenging parts of our path. From a yogic perspective, mythology allows us to navigate our journey inward. Mythology helps us in our relationship with others and our relationship between our ego and higher Self.
The yogic tradition is rich with mythology. The 300 million Gods of the Vedic pantheon can be somewhat culturally startling to Westerners who were raised within a monotheistic viewpoint. However, all manifestations of yogic mythology are simply reflections of one source and provide endless avenues through which we can discover the source within ourselves.
Om is said to exist before time began since om was the catalyst that shaped the universe. Om is thought to have been present at the beginning of the universe. Om is said to have the source vibrations of all the sanskrit language. By chanting om we bring ourselves back into harmony within all things. Om brings us into harmony and balance.
Om is said to be made of up four sounds. A, U, M, and silence. O comes out of the sound A and U in sanskrit. Brahma, the God of creation presides over the sound of A. Vishnu, the God of preservation presides over the sound of U. and Shiva the God of destruction presides over the sound of M. Together they make up the cosmic cycle. The silence represents resolution of transcendence of that cycle into oneness or unity.
In today’s class we will explore the creation, sustain, preservation, dissolution and effect of our yoga poses as we move into, hold and come out of yoga postures. This way we are with the creation, preservation, destruction and silence after each of our practices. There is a tendency I think in our lives to be only in the creation stage of our lives and there is value in preservation, endings and reflection as well. Today we will bring awareness to all stages of the cycle of our practice.
Resource: Alanna Kaivalya’s Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra and Kirtan
Special thank you to Stephen and Carla Austen for filming with us today.
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