Yesterday morning after my 20 minute pranayama & meditation practice I picked up The Yoga Sutras and thought “I will open them and whatever sutra my finger lands on I will write about that sutra this week.” My first attempt I landed on sutra 2.7 (attachment) which I recently wrote about. My second attempt I landed on sutra 1.27: The expression of Ishwara is the mystic sound of OM. (Note OM is God’s name as well as form).
Two thoughts crossed my mind 1) Oh no, I’m not going to get into the God discussion. 2) Didn’t I already write a post about OM (see Why OM? crafted Sept 2008). Though as the day wore on a few things confirmed that this is the sutra for the week. My private yoga client asked at the end of her session “why do we OM?” Then I was sad to read last night that OM Yoga Center in NYC is closing the end of June. And after wearing my Juil sandals (known for their energy grounding benefits) all day yesterday I realized OM was definitely the sutra for me.
I’m adding sutra 1.28 to this posting since I believe for each of us OM represents something different (sutra 1.28: To repeat it in a meditative way reveals its meaning.) especially once we begin to chant it on a regular basis. During my Dharma Mittra yoga teacher training last Fall, I chanted OM for 10 minutes every morning for 30 days. For me, it had a very internal cleansing effect. It’s really hard to describe but I felt as if some negative vibes were being scrubbed out of me.
At the beginning and end of every class I teach, we OM as a group. I tell my students we do it as a way to connect with one another. For some it has a calming effect. For others it gets them comfortable with their voices. Chanting OM is also a way to feel the aliveness throughout every cell in the body.
Sutra 1.27 states OM is God’s name as well as form. Again, not that I want to get into the God discussion here but God to me represents your highest, best Self. This is the meaning that has been revealed to me. Some also say divine Self. I like to think of OM as a way of connecting to our highest thoughts, words and actions as well as a way of grounding us in the moment.
Speaking of grounding, this is where the mention of Juil sandals comes into play. I received a pair of Juil’s “hera” sandals and they’re amazing. With the early summer weather we’ve had recently here in DC (yes, it was 90 degrees last week) I’ve been able to really take them for a few good test walks. They are extremely well made, stylish and oh so comfy. Our feet are our connection to the earth and the foundation of our bodies. For many of us (and there is plenty of research to support this), we are wearing shoes that cramp our feet and prohibit our connection to the ground below. When our feet are out of sorts, our body eventually become out of sorts (i.e. knee issues, hip concerns, lower back pain). If you’re in need of a good-looking shoe that also has the added benefit of making you feel healthy and happy (please see this link for those details), I definitely suggest checking out Juil.