Traditionally, a Sanskrit mantra is offered to start and end each Ashtanga session. This can be either chanted or sung to bring a peaceful energy to the space where you are practicing, and to focus the mind, body and emotions, allowing you to reap the full benefits of the practice.
The Opening Mantra is an offering of gratitude and respect to the lineage of teachers and students before us, who have developed and passed on the sequence of Ashtanga that we know and love today.
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
I bow to the lotus feet of Gurus
The awakening happiness of one’s own self revealed,
Beyond better, acting like the jungle physician,
Pacifying delusion, the poison of Samsara (conditioned existence).
Taking the form of a man to the shoulders
Holding a conch, a discus and a sword
One thousand white heads
To Patanjali, I salute.
The Closing Mantra brings the practice to a peaceful end; acknowledging the work done and offering the efforts of our practice to bring peace to the wider world.
Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
ॐ Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
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, perfect peace