So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique: Free Guided Meditation Book for Daily Practice

So Hum Mantra Meditation 

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Background of So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique:

The simple, yet profound, So Hum Meditation technique is probably one of the most popular Mantra Meditations.  It emerges from the Yoga school of Hindu Philosophy and belongs in the category of Japa Meditations (Meditations that require the chanting of Mantras). 

The So Hum (aka So Ham, Soham or Sohum) Mantra Meditation, done sincerely, is very effective in bringing about a complete transformation of individual consciousness.  So Hum literally means “I am That” (So = “That” or “Thou” or “Divinity”; Hum = “I am”) and the mantra’s aim is to bring about this union (yoga) between your individual consciousness and Divine Consciousness.  Another way to interpret this purpose, is that the meditation brings about the realization that all that you see is yourself — The Observer is the Observed.

So Hum Mantra Meditation Video

YouTube Direct Link –> Best Mantra Meditation Technique – SO HUM


Tools Required for So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique:

  • An alarm clock, stop watch or other time device
  • Or you can use a traditional bead necklace (Mala) to count repetitions if you prefer.

Benefits of So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique:

Primary Benefits: 

  • Realization of your Divine Nature.
  • Realization of the non-dual Nature of Reality.
  • Stress Reduction, Relaxation, Peace and Tranquility.
  • Spontaneous Joy and Happiness.

Secondary Benefits: 

  • Promotes Self-Healing.
  • Builds mental focus and concentration.

So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique Cautions:


Guided So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique: 

Follow the step by step guided meditation below to practice this technique.

  • Sit in a comfortable cross legged position.  You may also sit on a chair or lie on your back to practice this meditation.
  • Set your alarm or other time device for 10 to 20 minutes.  If using a Mala do an appropriate count (for a traditional 108 bead mala its about 1 full cycle through the mala)
  • If sitting, elongate your spine upwards, lengthen your neck and subtly bring your chin back and in, like a soldier at attention.  This will align the spine with the back of your head.
  • Place your hands in Gyan Mudra (Gesture of Knowledge).  Which is thumb and index finger lightly meeting, wrists resting gently on the knees and palms facing upward.  The other 3 fingers are extended.
  • Take 5 deep, slow breaths though the nose.  This will oxygenate your blood and relax you.
  • Try to remain as still as possible.
  • Now inhale slowly while saying the sound “Soooooooo” mentally and then slowly exhale while silently saying the sound “Hummmmmm”.
  • After spending about half the time in meditation as described above, start with every cycle to feel your awareness expanding and merging with the Universe Consciousness.  So as you continue to chant silently the mantra in rhythm with your breath, feel its real meaning acting upon you.
  • Continue for the duration of the meditation.
  • As the end of the meditation, try to remain with the all inclusive awareness and the sense that all is included in you.

So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique Tips:

  • Another way to practice the So Hum Mantra Meditation is to visualize life, light and Divine energy flowing into you when you inhale and mentally say “Soooooo” and to feel your ego-centric limited consciousness flow out and evaporate into the atmosphere as you exhale and mentally say “Hummmmm”.  This variation is also consistent with the meaning of the Mantra.
  • At you develop this practice increase the exhalation phase such that it grows to about two times the inhalation phase.

Secret of So Hum Mantra Meditation Technique:

Where did this Mantra come from?  That is the secret of this Mantra.  It is actually the sound of the breath during inhalation and exhalation.  Inhalation sounds like “Soooooo”, while exhalation sounds like “Hummmmm”.  So this is the music of life and by practicing this meditation we can learn to dance in tune with it.

Other Yoga & Meditation Sites with Helpful Techniques:

Yoga for Hypertension

Internet Resources for So Hum Guided Mantra Meditation Technique:

Definition of Mantra in Wikipedia.

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  1. 65
    Tehnică de respirație | NightOn Says:

    [...] ce trebuie urmați sunt foarte simpli: implică respirație și rostirea mentală a unei mantre, So Hum (se citește exact cum se scrie). Dacă nu doriți să rostiți acea mantră, nu este nici o [...]

  2. 64
    Pam Says:

    When doing the breathing do i inhale through nose and exhale through mouth or inhale and exhale from nose ?

  3. 63
    Khushbu Says:

    I think i m lazy :-) but there is so many people inspire me and yes ill do and i am 19.

  4. 62
    sanjeetyadav Says:

    onli for prasnl

  5. 61
    jay Says:

    I think this can bestow psychic powers am I right?
    i have a question , is soham equal to sohang?
    i like this i can do this anywhere.

  6. 60
    Buzz Says:

    Hi Anmol,
    I am ***** from India and i am 20 years of age.I am reading your blog on mastery of meditation from last 2 weeks and really want you to say thanks for this delightful effort of spreading the knowledge to all public.Actually what i feel was that everyone who comes to this meditation/yoga/spiritual things is after getting hit by the society in some manner or when they have bad things going like drugs,money,etc……In my case it was some relationship issue.Anyhow i started doing some your Pranayam aasan and some meditation from last 7 days.I do before going to bed because in the morning everyone wakes up at 5:00am :D and its kind of very noisy and disturbing to do meditation with concentration in the morning.Now here is the main thing, last night i did Anoloum viloum for about 10 sets with (2 inhale,2exhale in each set)after that “Soo Humm” meditation(that works with Ajna chakra).after some time i started feeling to get some movement near center of my eyebrows center .That movement was really comforting and again continued.After that i was so involved With that energy(or what should i call it) that, it was like some unexplainable light started to take me back and back and back but that was not physical movement of the body.I was enjoying that but was in fear that if i get to much involved i might not come back to reality. i forced my self subtly to see if this is really happening. It was really different and was actual. Then i stopped my self somehow and opened my eyes it was so soothing but confusing.So what was this can you explain it to me ? Like should i continue to do this, i am very curious to know what is after that back force and where it wanted me to take..I will be really thankfull for your reply.

  7. 59
    charuta naniwadekar Says:

    thanks anmol for the beautiful article. do you have any specific omkar sadhana guide line?like chanting om loudly , then in whispering sound and then silently etc ?i recieved an email from u and i find it absolutely wonderful. i cant thank u enough.. i recommend it strongly. actually there are so many powerful methods offered, that its difficult to choose one.. By trial and error, u zero on one that suits u best.thanks again.

  8. 58
    Julia Says:

    Dear Anmol,
    Thank you so much for everything you do for the yoga learning community! You render us immense Assistance and Support. May the Divine bless you!

  9. 57
    4 Great Benefits of Meditation | Half Moon Studios - Denver Art + Yoga Says:

    [...] Peaceful Sleep: Without a doubt, meditation is excellent to battle insomnia.  Techniques such as So Hum Mantra Meditation or Breath Awareness Meditation, and Zen Meditation Technique are excellent to help you get you to a [...]

  10. 56
    hems Says:

    which pranayama helps to reduce the dark circles near eyes.

    pls. help

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