Udgita Pranayama: OM Chanting
OM is very well known chanting. OM vibrates your body. Starts in your throat and all your body is vibrating then. OM is usually chanted on the beginning and at the end of the yoga session. When you chant OM, it is like kind of meditation. The vibration of the sound calms you down effortlessly. I mean – sometimes it may be hard to concentrate on your meditation. In that case, use the OM chanting and you will be filled with tranquility. This sound is the spiritual icon in Hindu religion. It is mantra and yoga teachers believe you are connected to the universe if you are chanting OM. This connection is made with the vibration of 453 Hz. 453 Hz is also the frequency of the universe. I wonder how do they measure the frequency as everybody has the different sound. The truth is OM is affecting your body and mind.
How OM chanting is connected to breathing
It is quite obvious when you chant OM, you need to breathe. Yes, that is right. But you can do a little bit more. But before I explain, let’s talk about OM. When you chant OM, it is like kind of meditation. The vibration of the sound calms you down effortlessly. I mean – sometimes it may be hard to concentrate on your meditation. In that case, use the OM chanting and you will be filled with tranquility. When you breathe with OM, you prolong your exhalation. Try it and discover. But also you will have all the benefits mentioned down.
Benefits of Udgita pranayama – OM chanting
This exercise has more benefits. Here are some of them.
- Increases mental alertness
- Decreases the blood pressure
- Improves heart health
How to do Udgita pranayama
- Sit in comfortable but proper position
- Close your eyes
- Make some deep breaths in and out
- Take a deep inhalation
- Exhale with OM chant. Your exhalation should be slow
- Repeat about 10 times
- Feel the body. What is going on in it during breathing?
- After you stop the breathing also scan your body
- Open your eyes
When OM is chanted as a pranayama, it is not called the OM pranayama, but it is called the Udgitha Pranayama. Which is another name for OM. Practically it does not matter. What really matters is the result. Start to make OM and you will see what changes in your body.