Mind Control and Inner Cleansing

By on July 7, 2014

Aum chanting is big part of yoga as most mantras start with AUM. AUM (ॐ) is a Hindu symbol and also a sacred sound. The correct technique of chanting helps us attain a physically and mentally balanced life. If you want to control your thoughts and increase concentration chant AUM.

Chanting AUM has several benefits including mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. Chanting also cleanses the mind and contains emotions because our focus is internal breaking us free from daily stress. The best part? You can chant AUM as much as you want. I suggest you strive to have several breaks throughout the day to practice chanting, breathing, and mindfulness.

How to chant AUM Correctly

In many books we find AUM written as OM. The correct spelling is AUM (ॐ) and the correct pronunciation or sound with proper breathing and ratio is (A:U:M::3:2:1) or literally “OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMM”.

First I will take you through and describe each letter or sound and when practicing or following these instructions you will be working with one sound at a time. When comfortable you will combine these sounds sitting in a lotus position or cross legged and in one continuous exhalation form a proper AUM.

To begin, inhale deeply through your nose. Fill your belly like a balloon then open your mouth and exhale making the first sound OOOOOO. Contain the sound in the throat so you can feel the vibration. To feel this place your index and middle finger on your throat as shown below.

Yoga AUM

It is said that this stage may cleanse windpipes and food pipes and help balance thyroid hormones.

Second letter U sound for uuuuuuuuuuuuu. Open your lips like when whistling and while exhaling uuuuuuuuu feeling the vibration now more to the side.

Yoga Breath 2

It is said that this step will help cleanse the ear canal and upper throat.

Third, letter M sound for ummmmmmmmmmm. Through closed lips make the sound ummmmmmmmm. Vibration should be felt in the chest and lung area.

Yoga OM

This step will help clear the alveoli where the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange happens. When we inhale we inhale pollution and particles with the air and this can create a layer around the alveoli which can cause breathing problems, chest pain and lung related disease.

Now All Together

Yoga OM

Sit down in a cross leg position, spine and back straight, eyes closed, both palms on top of your knees, palms facing up. Index finger and thumb touching. Inhale and exhale deeply a few times to prepare yourself, when ready on the next exhale start with ooooooo slowly come to uuuuuu and than ummm, slowly blend from first letter to second and second to third making the transition from each as smooth as possible

Remember the ratio should be A:U:M::3:2:1 and as you progress a rhythm will develop but in the beginning you may need to focus to ensure the effect of all three letters..

About Preeti Gahlot

I was born in Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga. I started exploring yoga at the age of 14. Now with 14 years of practice and 8 years of teaching I offer a method of teaching that combines my varied knowledge and experience. I started my yoga practice when I was 14 years old, studying Iyengar yoga with Swami Rudra in Rishikesh. I finished my post graduate in 2005, I hold a masters in Patanjali, Hatha and Astanga yoga. I currently have a yoga practice in Nepal called Ask About Yoga where I give private lessons and host yoga treks through the wondrous Himalayas.


  1. mahavir Aingh

    September 27, 2014 at 2:22 am



    Very healp full post. I am practicing the this season sice 2 days.


  2. Preeti Gahlot

    January 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Namaste Mahaveer,
    Let me know if you have any question, I will be more then happy to help.

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