Mantras

 

Ashtanga Yoga Opening Chant

A mantra is a sacred formula of invocation.

Each ashtanga yoga practice is open by reciting the following mantra in Sanskrit:

 

Om

Vande Gurunam charanaravinde

Sandarshita svatma sukava bodhe

Nishreyase jangalikayamane

Samsara halahala mohashantyai

 

Abahu purushakaram

Shankhachakrasi dharinam

Sahasra shirasam Shvetam

Pranamami Patanjalim

Om

 

 

Om

I bow to the lotus feet of the Gurus

The awakening happiness of one’s own Self revealed,

Beyond better, acting like the Jungle physician,

Pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara.

 

Taking the form of a man to the shoulders,

Holding a conch, a dscus, and a sword,

One thousand heads white,

To Patanjali, I salute.

Om

 

Ashtanga Yoga Closing Chant

Each practice ends with this mantra:

 

Om

Swasti praja bhyah pari pala yantam

Nya yena margena mahi mahishaha

Go brahmanebhyaha shubamastu nityam

Lokaa samastha sukhino bhavantu

Om

Shantih Shantih Shantih

 

 

Ashtanga Yoga Closing Chant

Each practice ends with this mantra:

 

Om

May all be well wtih mankind.

May the leaders of the earth protect in every way by keeping to the right path.

May there be goodness for those who know the earth to be sacred.

May all the worlds be happy.

Om

Peace Peace Peace