dignity 101

So’ham Meditation – Who am I

October 9, 2017 | By More

By Rupa

Saḥ meaning “He, that”, aham meaning “I am”. So’ham means “I am that”

 

• Sit comfortably.

• Focus on breathing. Listen to the sound of your own breathing.

• When you breathe in, listen to the sound “so”.

• When you breathe out, listen to the sound “ham”.

• Listen to the sound So’ham continually.   Consider: “I am that”, what that is?

• Stay as long as you like.

 

The physical body that can be seen is only one layer of the Self. The Individual Self also includes layers that cannot be seen by the naked eye, such as mind, intelligence, consciousness, and soul; they are called the subtle body. When we begin the self-realization inquiry “who am I”, we cannot look at the physical body only; we also look at the subtle body, which is the manifestation of vital energy.

Energy exists everywhere eternally permeating the whole universe. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change from one form to another. With reference by using our eyes, it manifests in two ways:  matter, that has a form that can be seen, and invisible vibrating energies called Prāṇa.

Living beings are born taking the first breath, and die after the last breath. What will happen after the last exhale? Where will we be after we die? The “so’ham” meditation lets us start to understand that we are not only this gross material body, but we have vital energy inside.

Prāṇa doesn’t have a form to be seen when the individual physical body dies. When a baby is born, prāṇa assumes a living form we can see. No matter with or without form, the essence is the same: prāṇa, vital energy, the eternal existing energy. Life and death are only different forms of existence. Yoga is focused on the subtle body. And all the practice is to awaken consciousness so we can recognize our eternity and connect with the original source of prāṇa.

Rupa (Ivy) has been practicing Yoga since 1996 in China. Her Chinese background and training gives her a natural understanding of this ancient eastern wisdom. Living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop the practice in a modern western way. Join Rupa for an unforgettable journey towards Self-realization. The experience will give an understanding of Yoga’s amazing scientific knowledge, and practical skills and techniques to use on and off the mat! It is all about your SELF.

 

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