Do I have to chant?

You will probably be invited to share the sound of Om before or after class. Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is said to be the "sound of the universe." Somehow the ancient yogis knew what scientists today are telling us, that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still. Everything that exists pulsates, creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. You are welcome to just listen, or join in. Our Ashtanga classes typically begin with an "invocation" that is in the language of Sanskrit, (the language of yoga, poetry and prayer) that simply means "thank you!"