Yoga term of the week: Om

Welcome to our weekly series dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing lingo of yoga. Beginner or not, this ‘yoga dictionary’ will be here every Tuesday to quench your curiosity about a new, bizarre yogi word.

This week’s term:


Om – a mystic syllable – is considered the most sacred mantra in both Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It is used in yoga during meditation and as a mantra during actual practice. It does not need to have spiritual meaning for you personally to use it in your mantras.

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What yoga lingo confuses you? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll feature it in this series! For a full list, head to our yoga dictionary.