6 Amazing Benefits Of Soham Meditation For Leading A Healthy Life

Understand the meaning of mantras in yoga and practice them to unlock myriad benefits.

Reviewed by Sri Yogi Anand, E-RYT 500
By Shirin Mehdi

Hamsa, Hansa, and So Hum are some of the other names for Soham meditation. Soham is a Sanskrit term that means “to identify oneself with the existence” or “to align oneself with ultimate reality.” There are many benefits of Soham meditation.

This meditation can be divided into two sections: Sooo is the sound of inhaling, and Hum is the sound of exhalation. These two factors interact to form a person’s breathing method. In Kriya and Tantric yoga, it is amongst the essential mantras. If the letters S and H are removed, it sounds like ‘OM,’ the major mantra of Hindus. It is recommended that you mentally repeat the mantra while meditating to get the most out of this type of meditation. Soham meditation makes a person feel powerful and joyous from within. Keep reading to learn more!

Benefits Of Soham Meditation:

Soham meditation offers many benefits to the mind as well as to the body. Some of them are:

1. The Spiritual Benefits:

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In today’s world of chaotic and stressful living, where one has to scourge for time and peace, meditation has become an important aspect of life to bust that stress in order to live a healthy life. Meditation is a process which helps us find the inner peace of mind and soul while learning to control our stress, pain, anger and other calamities of the mind and soul. A lot of forms of yoga are available today where meditation is introduced, with yoga classes thriving around the corner of the streets. Soham meditation is one of the most effective among these.

2. Co-Ordination Of The Mind And Body:

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While we meditate, our muscles at first tend to contract. To relax the whole body, one must first learn to control the tension of the muscles and the noise of the mind to find inner peace and relaxation. In order to do this, one must form a bridge to wield the gap between the mind and the body, and then our nervous system comes into play. It acts as a bridge, helping the body to communicate with the mind. For perfect meditation, one must first learn to regulate the nervous system, and Soham meditation is capable of teaching us how to form the bridge and regulate the nervous system.

3. Development Of Blood Circulation:

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As Soham meditation’s principles focus basically on the techniques of breathing, it develops the blood circulation in our body. This is because, as we breathe in, we take in oxygen, which is vital for the energy required by our body. It also helps to ease the pain between our muscles and is quite effective for the ones with pain in the back and the knee section. This is because it eases the tension between the muscles.

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4. Development Of Focus And Concentration:

Soham meditation requires attention and systematic practices to perform. As we perform this meditation, it helps us focus and train our minds on one-pointedness, increasing our levels of concentration and focus. These are vital to helping us perform our daily activities and work with ease and success. Practicing Soham with the nostrils aids us in this cause. This is because focusing on the breathing helps us explore the inner energy or prana, relieves us of our stress and helps us to focus on deeper meditation.

5. Refining Mental Capabilities:

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As Soham meditation helps us to focus, we can get a clearer image of our surroundings, and with our increasing levels of concentration, it helps one to remember more, and with greater clarity. It helps one to discover his/her inner self, and in doing so, one can go about his daily chores and practices with vividness.

6. Way To A Healthy Life:

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The benefits of Soham meditation are unending. Do not speak the words, but let the silent sound perform the action. Try to find the silent sound from within. Our body plays the tunes from within; one needs to discover them in order to explore one’s true self.

Soham meditation is all about aligning yourself with reality and attaining spiritual benefits by keeping a check on stress and finding inner peace. It also helps bridge the gap between the mind and the body, regulate the nervous system, ease tension in the muscles, improve blood and oxygen circulation, reduce back and knee pain, increase concentration levels, and improve the clarity of thought and memory. This way, the benefits of Soham meditation are quite a long list to go through. So, give a shot at this meditative technique and witness a world of change in your physical and mental wellbeing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times is Soham chanted in Sudarshan Kriya?

You have to chant Soham at the end of Sudarshan Kriya rhythmically 20 times (long chanting), 40 times (medium chanting), and 40 times (fast chanting).

Is Soham the name of Lord Shiva?

Soham means “I myself” or “I am He”. Many believe it is associated with Lord Shiva.

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