8 Reasons You Hate Singing "OM" and Why You Should Do It Anyway
So maybe you’ve gone to a yoga or meditation class and the teacher has led the class into an OM and you’ve just thought to yourself, “Ugh, no way am I doing this. Let’s just move already.” I totally get it. In fact, that used to be me. There were a lot of reasons I didn’t want to say it in class and I realized that if you are feeling resistance to saying it, you are probably feeling one of these things:
1. You feel weird singing, out loud, in front of other people (also you don’t know what note the teacher is going to pick and you are worried about singing out of tune)
2. You don’t know what OM means and why people chant it
3. You know what OM means but don’t believe in it
4. Saying OM feels inauthentic
5. The word has too much of a religious/Hindu/New Age connotation
6. You feel it conflicts with your beliefs
7. OM is something hippies and posers say (and you’re starting to think in you’re in a room full of hippies and/or posers)
8. You have no idea what chanting has to do with getting fit
So what changed my mind about OM-ing? It just feels really good. Like REALLY good. Like you are getting a massage on the INSIDE of your body.
When I did my yoga teacher training in Bangalore, my teacher was explaining about how humming different vibrations can feel stronger in different parts of the body. Low tones can be felt more strongly in the lower body and the higher the tone, the higher it can be felt in the body. We practiced humming and we practiced just singing “Aaaaahhhhh.” It felt amazing. And yes, at first, it felt weird to sing a random note, out loud with other people around. But eventually I noticed that when we all sang on the same or harmonizing note, the massage effect was amplified.
So what I’m saying is, if you feel weird about the whole OM thing, let go of all the preconceptions you have regarding the word and the mysticism surrounding it. Give it a shot, even if you are just singing the sound “Aaaaahhhhh” and see if it feels good. You can thank me later.