Updated: Oct 28, 2020
A lot of people ask me “What does it mean…Ramble? Om? On? How do you say it? Where did the name come from?” Well first of all, you got it right the first crack, champ! It is indeed, “Ramble Om“.
The second part to that question I usually keep pretty short and say something like “‘Ramble On’ by Led Zeppelin is one of my all time favourite songs, and Om is a pretty prominent and sacred sound in Yoga” Combine the two and you’ve a lovely little pun and my lovely little business’ name that I operate under.
However, there’s a little more depth to the word Ramble, as well as Om. According to Guru Google these are the definitions:
1. walk for pleasure in the countryside.
“I recently spent some time rambling around in the mountains of South America”
2. to talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way. “Claire rambled on about Yoga and it’s benefits until people finally started coming to her regular (and really fun!) classes”
A mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers, ceremonies and texts.
For me personally, to Ramble means to continue. To keep going, to keep moving, to gain and keep momentum. That doesn’t necessarily only apply to the physical self, but also the emotional, mental and spiritual selves as well.
For me that momentum is crucial not only in my personal yoga practice, but in life in general. Because life itself keeps on going whether you’re onboard or not. Ramble to me can mean to travel, to progress and to evolve, and yes I agree, it can mean to jabber on about things (like yoga and the importance of acting YESTERDAY on climate change).
To me, Om brings it all full circle -beginning, end and everything in between- it ties it all together. I feel that the vibration of Om is something that can and is felt by anyone who speaks, chants or sings it. It is the original, primordial sound in Hinduism and it signifies the essence of the ultimate reality and consciousness. Pretty cool huh?!
Honestly- recently I’ve felt a little stuck, like i’m not really sure what direction I should be rambling in. I’ve questioned what i’m doing and why and if I’m even any “good” at it. I’ve thought about getting a 9-5 in a cubicle because the money would be better, I’ve thought about getting a mortgage, I’ve thought about joining gosh-darn tinder for fucks sake. And in the stillness of my rut, it’s all felt a bit overwhelming.
Don’t get me wrong! I believe stillness is important too. And if you’ve been to any of my restorative classes you’ll hear me say that…a lot. I believe strongly that it’s ok to take some time-out and do some serious reflection, and often that deep reflection is found within the discomfort of stillness. It’s important to be able to sit through the discomfort, to learn to endure it and to learn to “be” with it. In regards to direction though- ya girls’ felt a little lost. (Cue- existential crisis #476…)
This morning I was tidying up files on my laptop and found footage from my last trip to India. This time last year I was in Southern India obtaining my 300hr YTT certification and afterwards did some rambling around the country. Where has that year GONE!?
Finding this year-old footage of my last adventure has clarified my goals and directions for me. It’s reiterated what is important to me in terms of my personal “rambling”. It ignited that ambition and drive to find that momentum once again and I’m excited for the future. I’m excited in the here and now as well because where you are right now is exactly where you need to be.
India is still to this day one of my all time favourite countries. Top 3 easily. I love the culture, the food, the people, the sounds, the sights and the smells (incense and spices mostly!) It is sensory overload in all the right ways and I miss it all the time.
Here’s a little after-movie of me in India (with my Willy Nelson braids, dirty feet, pale skin and rather large chin pimple- lovin’ my selves SICK!) at Kranti Yoga, splashing around in the Arabian Sea with my fellow yogi Hillary, pissing about on scooters and trains, and floating down the Ganges with the very handsome Babu in a boat!
Love & Light, Claire xo
“…I know I’ve got one thing I got to do, Ramble on”– Led Zeppelin