Before we get started with some Yoga 101,  please note that “Ohm” is the Standard International (SI) unit of electrical resistance that was discovered by Georg Simon Ohm. The symbol looks like this:


This is not to be confused with the Om or Aum symbol used in the Hindu and Buddhist tradition.

Om and Aum are the same thing; it’s just written two different ways. It is believed that the sound of “Aum” – the slow, calming chant many associate with the word, is the sound that was made when all of creation came into existence. This symbol is a sacred syllable representing the essence of the universe and all creation known as Brahman.

Just as Brahman is the culmination of everything, so is the Aum symbol. It’s written in Sanskrit, and each part of the symbol has a significant meaning, relating to different levels of consciousness.

om symbol
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The large, bottom curve represents the normal state of being awake. The curve above it stands for the sleeping state, while the curve emanating out from the center of the two represents the dreaming state.
Those are the three states of consciousness that every human experiences.
The dot and the open curve above that is what elevates the symbol to a much higher and more sacred meaning. The dot signifies the fourth and highest state of consciousness, Turiya. Turiya is not a state apart from the lesser states of consciousness,  but pervades all levels of reality as transcended consciousness or pure being.
The semi circle at the top represents Maya which gives us the illusion that we are separate from realization of the Highest Level of consciousness.

The chanting of Om has three subtle parts sounding like A-U-M. It is an uplifting and  powerful practice to connect to the deeper meaning of life and higher consciousness. The shared vibration and sound can touch us deeply. Take a few moments to enjoy the good vibrations from this chanting meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowls.

The next time you are in a yoga class, and the teacher leads an Om chant, why not join in. Open your heart, let go of your ego, and experience it for yourself. Chant as if no one is listening.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

21 comments on “YOGA 101 – Om and Aum

  1. Oh, the magic sound of OM . . . especially when accompanied by Tibetan bowls! :mrgreen:

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  2. Great stuff, Val! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. Love this, Val. While I’ve often felt the feel-good resonance of chanting, I’ve not explored the symbol. Thanks for explaining the details of the symbol. Most interesting! ❤

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  4. Thank you, Val, for explaining the symbol. I had mistakenly equated it to the word “Namaste”, which has a different meaning. (It seems they’re often used together.)

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  5. Fascinating. I’m a Om guy. 😀

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  6. I just finished my Sunday morning yoga practice and this post totally hit the spot! Thank you for sharing your knowledge

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  7. Wow, Val…thanks! Great explanation. I never heard this before but love it! I like when there is an Om chant…the first time I was very conscious (self) and only whispered. Now I let it rip and it’s true…it feels so freeing…so peaceful.
    Hope you are well, Val. And hope that spring is on its way 💜

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  8. I loved listening to the chanting and got lost in it. Thanks for sharing this.


  9. fingerstosky

    I love chanting in group settings. It so powerful!

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  10. One of the most profound things I experienced in my life, physically and on a higher level was a singing bowl meditation session. When it was over I told the lady I have to rush to get my daughter from school. She said to take it easy and she was right. I couldn’t rush after the session and the vibrations stayed with me for hours.
    It’s too much money but I enjoy listening to audio sessions with good headphones.

    Thank you Val. And I’m looking into Yoga teaching certification. You other post was very helpful.


  11. I just purchased some Om symbol finials to link to zippers on bags given as gifts last weekend. And now this 😉

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  13. Thank you for information on Om. I am just starting yoga.

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