Ashtanga Yoga Mantra

The practice of asanas (postures) of Ashtanga Yoga begins and ends with a mantra recited in Sanskrit.
Chant the mantra elevates to a higher level of consciousness. Being also correlated with the breath produces a calming effect, leaving the aṣṭaṅgi centered and in a state of peace and tranquility.

Opening Mantra


vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe

niḥ-śreyase jaṅgali-kāyamāne
saṁsāra hālāhala mohaśāṁtyai

ābāhu puruṣākāraṁ
śaṁkhacakrāsi dhāriṇam

sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim

sahasra śirasaṁ śvetaṁ
praṇamāmi patañjalim


I bow to the lotus feet of the great teachers,
who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness,

Like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well beeing.
Pacifing 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.


Closing Mantra


svasti-prajä-bhyaù pari-päla-yamtäm
nya yena margena mahi mahishaha

gobrahmanebhyaha shubhamastu nityam
lokäsamastä sukhino bhavantu


May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.

May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free

Om peace, peace, peace

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