Opening Invocation




Vande Gurunam Caranaravinde

Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe

Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane

Samsara Halahala Mohasantyai

Abahu Purusakaram

Sankhacakrasi Dharinam

Sahasra Sirasam Svetam

Pranamami Patanjalim




Opening chant of Ashtanga yoga (left) is translated as:


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 (cycle of life). Taking the form of a man to the shoulders, Holding a conch shell (divine sound), a discus (infinite time), and a sword (discrimination), One thousand heads, white, To Patanjali, I salute.


Or simply put: The chant enables us to express gratitude to our teachers and the students who have continued to keep the practice alive through thousands of years. The recitation of this mantra helps to cleanse the energy of the space we have chosen and it helps to prepare the mind & body for the practice we are about to begin.



Closing Invocation

  The closing chant (left) is translated as:


May all be well with mankind,

May all the leaders of the earth protect

In every way by keeping to the right path.

May there be goodness for those 

who know the earth to be sacred

May all the worlds be happy.


Om peace, peace, perfect peace.


This closing invocation brings the practice to a humble ending. It seals in the work of our practice and offers those efforts to help improve the state of the world.



Svasthi Praja Bhyaha 

Pari Pala Yantam

Nya Yena Margena

 Mahim Mahishaha

Go Brahmanebhyaha

Shubamastu Nityam

Lokah Samastah

 Sukhino Bhavantu


Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi


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