What simple sound relieves stress, anxiety, poor sleep, raised blood pressure, and increases Wellbeing?!
Aum is a sound that can be sung out loud or mentally/silently. Aum is often heard at the beginning or end of yoga classes. Whilst it is a really simple sound to make, people often feel embarrassed at the prospect of chanting it, even whilst alone. Perhaps if we all better understood the direct benefits for health and wellbeing, it would not feel like an uncomfortable thing to do, and we would gladly give a few minutes each day to reap the rewards!
There is a lot of science on the benefits of Aum-ing! Here I picked four lots of research that show vast benefits for a wide range of people; whilst these asked people to Aum for 20 minutes or more a day, which sounds unachievable to all but the most dedicated of Aum-ers, you can experience instant benefits from chanting Aum just nine times! Try it and find out!
Note that if your faith or culture has sacred sounds, you can use those sounds instead of Aum, Whilst I do not have the science here, I would bet that they have similar effects!
Aun chanting follows a full inhale through the nose, the exhale making the sounds Aaaa-Uuuu-Mmmmmmm. The A is with the mouth fully open, the U with lips in more of a whistling position, and the M with the lips closed, creating a humming sound. Aum can be taught in different ways; if you have been taught a particular way, then stick with it or ask for clarification!
2. Blood pressure reduction and better sleep in 60 year old women with insomnia
20 minutes a day of “Aum” for 30 days may sound like a lot, but it was worth it for this group of ladies who did their Aum Chanting at just after 5.30pm. Their average blood pressure reduced from 130/78 to 119/76.
A “healthy” blood pressure is 120/80 or below; these ladies went from raised blood pressure to healthy, yay 😊 !!
It is known that blood pressure above the healthy range continues to rise over time. It eventually results in blood pressure that can be damaging to the heart, brain, and organs, and must be treated with medication. For people who prefer to catch blood pressure before it needs medicating, or to help manage blood pressure alongside medication, Aum-ing could help. If you have raised blood pressure, check out the program that Awakening Wellbeing offers to help you.
3. Aum chanting reduces anxiety in the work force!
50 bus drivers aged 25-40 years chanted Aum for 20 minutes a day, six days a week. After four weeks, their anxiety levels dropped significantly, unlike 50 other bus drivers who did not Aum.
Because I’m trained to read science, I notice what others may not. Whilst anxiety did reduce in the Aum-ers, it was mild to start with and mild afterwards. It would be great to see science on people with moderate/high anxiety. Science can be confusing: If you are trying supplements, therapies, or diets based on ‘scientific’ claims, it could be that the science has been purposefully misinterpreted. For instance, a claim could be that weight loss was double in a group that took a supplement compared to a group that did not. Closer inspection of the science reveals that the supplement group lost 1kg over 3 months and the non-supplement group lost 0.5kg. The claim is ‘true’ but are the benefits of 0.5kg worth $60 a month on supplements? Ask for help if you are not sure about scientific claims that are costing you money.
4. Increased sense of wellbeing!!
Thirty people over 60 years of age, chanted Aum for 20 minutes a day. Before Aum-ing, none of them reported a good sense of wellbeing ☹. After Aum-ing for 3 weeks, more than a quarter felt GOOD in their wellbeing! Plus, two thirds of people previously reporting the worst ‘ill’ sense of wellbeing, had shifted into ‘moderate’ or ‘good’ sense of wellbeing! 😊 Aum-ing works!
In the above research, 30 other people did not chant Aum for three weeks! Their wellbeing scores did not change. None of them felt a good sense of wellbeing, one third felt moderate wellbeing and two thirds felt ‘ill’ in their wellbeing. Aum-ing works for wellbeing!!!
If you are looking for a simple way to increase calm and wellbeing today, then give Aum a go!
The benefits of Aum are partly due to breathing with a long exhale while you Aaauuummmmmm. This is known to increase the soothing part of the nervous system, increasing the sense of harmony and wellbeing. You can access more benefits of breathing in Awakening Wellbeing’s Breathing for A Better Life mini-program and Stretch, Breathe, Meditate classes. Contact us Now to find out more.