Ashtanga Yoga practice traditionally starts with an opening chant and ends with a closing one.  The chants (also known as mantras or invocations) are recited in Sanskrit. These are said to elevate inner frequencies and align the yogis with their universal purpose. Mantras also permit a strongly connection with the breath, which has a soothing and calming effect. The opening mantra invites you to access a certain space within, preparing yourself for the asana practice with the understanding that what you are performing is more than just physical. It is also a way to show gratitude towards the lineage of the thousands of teachers who have transmitted yoga practices over centuries, allowing us to get to know it. The closing mantra offers whatever merits we have acquired through the practice to a higher purpose, such as developping love and kindness for ourselves and others.

Opening Chant


Vande Gurunam charanaravinde

Sandarshita svatma sukava bodhe

Nishreyase jangalikayamane

Samara halahala mohashantyai

Abahu purushakaram

Shankhachakrasi dharinam

Sahasra shirasam Shvetam

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 the man to the shoulders

Holding a conch, a discus, and a sword

One thousand heads white

To Patanjali I salute


Closing Chant


Swasti praja bhyah pari pala yantam

Nya yena margena mahi mahishaha

Go brahmanebhyaha shubamastu nityam

Lakaa samastha sukhino bhavantu


Shantih Shantih Shantih


May all be well with mankind

May the leaders of the earth protect it in every way by keeping to the right path

May there be goodness for those who know the earth to be sacred



Peace Peace Peace

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