“ Love cannot be obtained for the asking;
it only comes as a gift from another's heart ”
The practice of Yoga begins with an opening chant, and ends with a closing chant. 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 the 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 enabling 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.
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
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Sandarshita svatma sukava bodhe
samara halahala mohashantyai
Sahasra Shirasam Shvetam
Swasti praja bhyah bet pala yantam
Nya yena marginna mahi mahishaha
Go brahmanebhyaha shubamastu nityam
Lakaa samastha sukhino bhavantu
Shantih Shantih Shantih
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.
peace peace peace