OM is the quintessential mantra of the yoga tradition. Corresponding to the ‘Logos’ or the ‘Word’ in biblical traditions, it calls to us on a deeper level, drawing us h’om’e to our fundamental Nature. Handed down from the Himalayan sages, it indicates that everything manifest is essentially vibrational patterns of energy arising from one Source. This paradigm also concurs with contemporary scientific thinking. Everything manifest in each moment arises within what is symbolised by OM, and it also points beyond into the un-manifest. OM is ineffable and yet when we use OM within yogic practice it is like a finger pointing at the moon of Being or Consciousness. It creates a resonance that not only instils a sense of harmony and clarity in the moment, but also connects us energetically to a deeper Source.
Whilst many yoga teachers are familiar with the mantra OM to some extent, there is often a sketchy understanding of its meaning and a reluctance to use it in their class teaching. This retreat will introduce you to a range of different practices using OM, including meditations, chanting, yoga nidra, pranayama, japa mantra (including likhit japa or mantra writing) – all of which can be shared in yoga classes. Whilst the main emphasis will be on practice, there will also be an explanation of OM’s underlying meaning in a practical and accessible way.
Designed specifically for yoga teachers and student teachers, this retreat will instil confidence and creativity in introducing OM and sharing its benefits in yoga classes. It is an In Service Training (IST) event.