Om

ImageOm is not a word but rather an intonation, which, like music, transcends the barriers of age, race, culture and even species. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds. It is a mantra or prayer in itself. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of one’s being, the atman or soul.

There is harmony, peace and bliss in this simple but deeply philosophical sound. By vibrating the sacred syllable Om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Ultimate Personality of Godhead and quits his body, he will certainly reach the highest state of “stateless” eternity, states the Bhagavad Gita.

According to the Mandukya Upanishad, “Om is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also implied in it”.

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Yoga Practice

 

I experience something different every time I step on my mat. On my “best” days I can breathe freely, twist like a pretzel, spring up into handstands and find my mantra for meditation. I’ll end with a savasana more satisfying than a 24 layer chocolate cake (which IS worth the calories!)
 
On my worst days, I don’t have the energy to salute the sun. I feel as flexible as granite and my plank pose looks more like dhanurasana than anything else. Perhaps worst of all, I check the clock–multiple times.   
 
The fluctuations in my practice have taught me an incredibly important lesson: There is no such thing as a “perfect” practice. The only thing “perfect” about yoga is the opportunity it presents – the opportunity to be present and honor that place within all of us which is of love, truth and peace. Easier said than done? Maybe. But believe me, I am trying. 
 
Here are ten quotes I refer back to for inspiration on those most difficult days:
 
1. “If you want the rainbow, then you must have the rain.” ~Annette Hanshaw
 
2.  “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~ Sharon Gannon
 
3. “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” ~ Max Strom
 
4. “You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?” ~ Rumi 
 
5. “Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.” ~ Sting
 
6. “If I’m losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga.” ~Terri Guillemets
 
7. “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” ~ Dalai Lama
 
8. “When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” ~Buddha
 
9. “Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” ~ Svatmarama
 
10. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield
 
And of course, we can never forget what Nike teaches us….”Just do it.”
 
Published April 1, 2012 at 2:00 AM

About Bridget Riepl
Bridget Riepl is a yoga instructor, health and wellness writer, organic foodie and Creative Strategist for the Cayetano Legacy Collection.  Bridget was certified through In Balance Yoga and teaches yoga all along the Jersey Shore, at Evenflow Yoga, Inner Calm Yoga, and Yoga Basin. Bridget is eternally grateful to her teachers and their teachers for sharing their voices, strength, creativity and knowledge. She is thankful for her students for being the most important part of the yogic life that she loves.