Why do we chant?

Chanting is more than just a lovely way to start and finish a yoga class.  The sound ‘OM’ is considered the universal sound, encompassing three elements: creation (A), preservation (U) and destruction (M); hence the sound A+U (O) and M.  OM is the most commonly used mantra or chant, derived from the ancient Sanskrit language.  The power of chanting in Sanskrit (e.g. our opening chant) lies in the fact that all 50 Sanskrit letters relate to the 50 root sounds located in the chakras.  By chanting in Sanskrit, we are creating sound vibrations that resonate with our energy channels within and can have powerful influences by opening the heart and mind.  Next time you come to class, just give it a try.  You can find more chants and the English translation on our website.

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