According to a study published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology Journal, chanting Om the correct way can help provide ultimate relief and bring you to a meditative state, speeding up recovery from any stressful situation. Always chant in a peaceful and comfortable place. Focus on breathing and avoid any distractions for higher efficacy. Here are five reasons you must chant OM every day.
Relaxes mind and soul: According to Bhanumati Narasimhan, Meditation Teacher, Art of Living, chanting Om creates vibrations, impulses or rhythm that fills your surroundings with positivity. It brings you to a state of tranquillity.
Reduces depression: A functional brain imaging study at NIMHANS showed that chanting Om deactivated certain brain areas associated with fear, anger and emotions. It also reduced negative emotions and hence can be an effective way to reduce anxiety and depression.
Improves concentration: Chanting Om involves focusing your mind on the present, which is known to improve mood, decrease stress and boost immune function. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggested that meditation by chanting Om increased secretion of melatonin, thereby improving your total well-being.
Reduces stress: Physical, emotional or mental, chanting Om helps relieve all the stress in you. The sound of Om brings you to a tranquil and peaceful state of mind, improves your observation, perception and expression to ward off stress. It brings the body to a state of rest and calm, thereby relieving physical stress.
Affects genes: According to a study by Perla Kaliman, first author of the article and a researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research of Barcelona, Spain and her team, chanting Om has shown rapid alterations in genes that are current targets of the anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs. Scientific evidence shows that it helps lower stress and stress-related diseases such as hypertension, anxiety and insomnia.
Strengthens the spine: Ayurvedic practioner and yoga expert Dr Surya Bhagwati from Dr Vaidya’s New Age Ayurveda, says that chanting OM creates pleasing vibrations in the vocal chords, which, in turn, strengthens the spine.
Clears the sinus cavity: Elaborating on the previous point, Dr Bhagwati says that the vibrations created while chanting Om can be felt all over your face. These vibrations can relieve symptoms of sinusitis by clearing the airway.
Balances hormones: Dr Bhagwati points out that chanting ‘Om’ can also balance one’s hormonal secretions and thus, it plays a major role in preventing mood swings and other problems stemming from hormonal imbalances.
Massages the vocal chords: Professionals like singers, telemarketers and orators whose livelihood depends on their voice should consider chanting Om. The vibrations created can improve the quality of one’s voice by strengthening the vocal chords and their surrounding muscles says Dr Bhagwati.