Last Updated: June 24, 2018

Definition - What does Lam mean?

Lam is a single-syllable sound used in yoga as a bija, or seed, mantra for the muladhara (root) chakra. There are seven main chakras, or centers of concentrated energy, located along the body's the spinal column. Each chakra has a bija mantra associated with it that is believed to vibrate with the energy that activates that specific chakra.

Mantras help yogis connect with their inner Self, and in addition to the one-syllable sounds, can be words, a combination of words or longer phrases. Regardless of any meaning associated with the words, mantras are valued for the power created by their sound vibrations.

Yogapedia explains Lam

By reciting lam, the yogi promotes grounding through the energy of the muladhara chakra. It is first of the seven major chakras and is located at the base of the spine, where it provides the foundation and support for the chakras above. Muladhara provides fearlessness, safety, security and physical, emotional and spiritual stability.

The other six chakras and their corresponding bija mantras are:

  • Svadhisthana, or spleen/sacral chakra (vam)
  • Manipura, or navel/solar plexus chakra (ram)
  • Anahata, or heart chakra (yam)
  • Vishuddhi, or throat chakra (ham/hum)
  • Ajna, or third eye chakra (om)
  • Sahasrara, or crown chakra (silent om)
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