Ashtanga Yoga Opening chant
Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde
Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohasantyai
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
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.
Ashtanga Yoga Closing Mantra
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.
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