2. OM CHANT­ING (japa yoga)

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Sit in a com­fort­able cross-legged pose (dhyana mu­dra). Keep your back erect, eyes gen­tly closed and hands rested on your knees and take a deep breath. As you ex­hale, chant one ‘a-u-m’ for as long as the breath can stretch.

Ben­e­fits: Om is the uni­ver­sal sound that is syn­ony­mous with yoga. This not just ex­er­cises your vo­cal chords, but also in­creases lung ca­pac­ity, lead­ing to fuller and deeper breaths. All of this even­tu­ally adds to more oxy­gen flow within the body, adding a sense of vi­tal­ity. Chant­ing ‘om’ res­onates at a fre­quency of 432 mhz, which is the same vi­bra­tional fre­quency found through­out na­ture. Also, chant­ing ‘om’ at the be­gin­ning and end of a ses­sion is a great way to out­line time to fo­cus fully on your prac­tice and reap the mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits that it has to of­fer. Chant­ing also in­creases calm­ness, fo­cus, and strength, prim­ing an ex­pec­tant mother for child­birth.

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