Have you ever wondered why you feel so serene and calm after chanting “Aum”? How can this small word have such a profound effect on your mind? Let’s explore the science behind how Aum works on our bodies and minds.
Traditionally, Indians have been chanting Aum for eons and eons of years. It is now that the Neuroscientists and other health experts have conducted research and experiments to confirm the benefits this magical chanting has to offer.
Before discussing the advantages, let’s understand the basics of the mantra ‘Aum’ or ‘Om’ as we know it.
How is it pronounced?
The trisyllabic Sanskrit word ‘Aum’ has traveled far and wide. During its journey, it has, unfortunately, become Om. And even today, a lot of yogis start their day with Om Chanting, which isn’t as beneficial as its original version Aum.
The chanting happens in three parts. When put into words, it would look somewhat like this- Aaa-uuu-mmmmm. This chant has more benefits than the blended ‘O’ sound in Om.
What are the benefits of chanting Aum?
The feel-good factor of Aum dwells in the vibrations it produces. When pronounced correctly, it gives rise to sequential positive vibrations, starting from the abdomen to the head region.
Vibrations start in the navel and the abdominal area. The second area of focus is the chest cavity. The vibrations in the chest region are maximum felt during the uuuu part (the central of Aa-uuu-mmm). These vibes next reach the throat and the skull region. Repetitive chanting leads to sequential activation of all the organs from the stomach to the brain. Here are some benefits it has:
It reduces stress and anxiety: Aum Chanting regulates the heartbeat, deepens breathing, and calms your mind. It is an excellent way to destress after a hectic day. It can also do wonders as an anti-anxiety activity before starting the day.
It helps improve focus and concentration: When you Chant Aum (or mantra of your choice), your mind gets focused on this one thing. A person gets detached from other distracting thoughts. With time, a person’s concentration improves, and it helps them accomplish daily tasks with ease.
It improves sleep quality: Sleep quality is inversely proportional to the stress quotient in one’s life. By regularly chanting this mantra, one can significantly improve their sleep quality.
It regulates biological functions like breathing, heartbeat, and digestion.
It enhances lung function and detoxifies the body.
Where and how should you practice chanting?
You can practice it at any time of day and any place. It is advisable to grab hold of a quiet area with a calm and serene ambiance. It can be your backyard, your bedroom, or a temple. You can even do it in the car before leaving for work.
Once you find your spot, sit comfortably in any meditative posture like sukhasana or padmasana. Keep your spine erect and relax your shoulders. Close your eyes, and you’re good to go!!
Start by taking a few wholesome breaths. Then, inhale until your lungs feel full, and start chanting. Remember to include all the three parts of ‘Aum.’ Repeat the cycle for 5-10 minutes as per convenience.
Have you tried the Aum chanting? If yes, do let us know your experience!! If not, try it for yourself and see the difference that it makes.