I always feel that after the OMs and the invocation to Patanjali, I'm actually ready to begin an inward journey. The vibration calms my nerves and is a ritual to ease that transition from thinking forwardly into the future to being in the present. It also reminds me to have gratitude, to remember that this practice is so much greater than myself, and that I'm so very fortunate to be able to practice.
sunanda said Oct 13, 2011 15:52:12
I AUM. and make sure I feel the resonance- Ah in the belly, Uh in the chest, and mmm in the head. if you put the tip of your tongue to the soft palette of your mouth while completing the mmm sound you intensify the massaging effect it has on the pituitary and pineal in the center of the head. This has a balancing effect on the nervous system and endocrine system.
Om is said to be the sound of this universe. Oming at the beginning of yoga practice also allows one the opportunity to tone our individual sound frequency (voice) to that of the Divine Universe and great spirit. We forget in our daily living the manifestation power of the word, so to begin your yoga practice with om aligns your intent with the highest and most primal aspects of creation.