Mantras

The practice of Ashtanga Yoga begins with an opening chant, and ends with a closing chant.

The chants (also called mantras or  invocations) are recited in Sanskrit.

These elevate inner frequencies and align yogis with universal purpose.

Mantras also allow a vibrant connection with the breath, which has a calming effect.

The opening mantra invites you to access a certain space within yourself, preparing for practice, understanding that what is to be accomplished is more than physical, and showing gratitude to the lineage of thousands of teachers,

who have transmitted the practice of yoga over the centuries, and allowing us to access it.

The closing mantra is the time to give thanks, to thank, to share,

and to offer this inner peace to all beings for a higher purpose.

Opening Song

Sharath Rangaswamy Jois

Om

Vande Gurunam charanaravinde

Sandarshita svatma sukava bodhe

Nishreyase jangalikayamane

samara halahala mohashantyai

Abahu purushakaram

Shankhachakrasi dharinam

Sahasra Shirasam Shvetam

Pranamami Patanjalim

Om

Om

Praise and worship at the lotus feet of the gurus

for they reveal the happiness of the true Self

they are the refuge in the dark impenetrable forest of the mind

turning endless poison and illusion into eternal peace

tribute to the great sage Patañjali

who took the form of a luminous man

brandishing a conch, a disc and a sword crowned by

a bright white thousand-headed cobra
Om

closing song

Sharath Rangaswamy Jois

Om

Swasti praja bhyah bet pala yantam

Nya yena marginna mahi mahishaha

Go brahmanebhyaha shubamastu nityam

Lakaa samastha sukhino bhavantu

Om

Shantih Shantih Shantih

Om
May humanity be well
May the rulers of the world protect with justice
Bless those who know the Earth is a sacred place
May all beings be happy and prosperous.
 

Om 
peace peace peace

  Love cannot be obtained for the asking;
it only comes as a gift from another's heart