2. OM CHANTING (japa yoga)
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.