The So Hum mantra is simple and can be practiced during mediation as well as asana. This mantra, which translates to “I am That,” is a reflection of the breath but also a contemplation on our very essence of being. “So” means “I am” and “Hum” means “That” relating to our connection between all beings, the Universe and ultimately, to God. By meditating on “I am That” you see that you are never separate from God and that we are all connected in the same way.
Come to a comfortable seated position. Sit up tall reaching out through the crown of the head. Open across the heart center. Rest palms where are they are comfortable, taking a mudra if you prefer. Relax your jaw and bring your attention to the breath. Once you have found a comfortable rhythm, inhale and silently say the word “so” to yourself. Repeat on the exhale by silently speaking “hum.” When the “so hum” rhythm is comfortable begin to contemplate the meaning “I am That.” Consider that all beings are all a part this same breath. With every inhale see your neighbors, pets, friends, family inhale to the sound of “so” and send loving kindness to everyone as you all exhale together to the sound of “hum.”
Continue in this way for the rest of your meditation. You can also practice this mantra during asana. Whenever you feel distracted, relate to your breath and silently speak So Hum on each inhale and each exhale. Doing so will help to cultivate awareness of your breath and a deeper reflection of your asana practice.
How does “I am That” resonate with you and your practice?