Ashtanga Yoga Opening chant


Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde
Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohasantyai
Abahu Purusakaram
Sankhacakrasi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
Pranamami Patanjalim

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 discus, and a sword,
One thousand heads, white,
To Patanjali, I salute.

Read about the meaning of this chant in this beautiful blog post by Judi of Merchant City Yoga.

Learn to recite it with Joey Miles.

Ashtanga Yoga Closing Mantra


Swasthi-praja bhyah
Pari parla yantam
Nya-yena margena mahi-mahishasha
Lokaa-samastha sukhino bhavanthu

May prosperity be glorified.
May administrators rule the world with law and justice.
May all things that are sacred be protected.
And may the people of the world be happy and prosperous.

Find out about this mantra is this lovely article by my friend Alexia Koletsou.

Learn to recite it with Joey Miles.

Shanti Patah


Saha Naav[au]-Avatu
Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai
Tejasvi Naav[au]-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai
OM Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

May we be protected together
May we be nourished together
May we work together with energy and vigour
May our study be enlightening and luminous
and not giving rise to hostility or conflict of interest between us
May there be peace within us. May there be peace between us. May there be peace around us

Listen to Deva Premal singing it.

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