Practice Mantras

Mantras
In the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga, each class begins and ends with a short mantra.
The mantra, chanted at the beginning of the class, is an invocation of the sage Patanjali (the author of the Yoga Sutras) and also gives thanks to the continuous line of teachers who have come before us (from Patanjali in the 2nd century B.C. to the present day). The closing mantra brings practice to a peaceful end; sealing in the work done and offering the efforts of our practice to improve the state of the world.

Practice Mantra (opening chant)

Om

Vande Gurunam charanaravinde

Sandarshita svatmasukavabodhe

Nishreyase Jangalikayamane

Samsara halahala mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram

Shankhacakrsi dharinam

sahasra sirasam svetam

Pranamami patanjalim

Om

I pray to the feet of the supreme guru

Who teaches knowledge, awakening the great happiness of the Self revealed

Who acts like the jungle physician

Able to remove the delusion from the poison of conditioned existence

To patanjali, an incarnate of Adisesa, white in colour with a

thousand radiant heads (in his form as the divine serpent,

Ananta), human in form below the shoulders, holding the

sword of discrimination, a wheel of fire representing infinite

time, and the conch representing divine sound to him,

I prostrate.

Om

Closing Mantra

Om

Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Om peace, peace, perfect peace

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