Ashtanga Yoga Opening Mantra

Dear [usermeta field=”user_login”], this is the openning chant. Opening Mantra before you start with your regular Ashtanga practice:

  Om   Vande gurunaam chaaranara vinde /   Sandar shita swaatma sukhava bhode /   Nishrey yase jaangalika yamane /   Samsara haala hala moha shantye // Abahu purusha karam /   Shankha chakraasi dharinam /   Sahasra shirasam shvetam /   Pranamaami patanjalim /   Om

English Translation:   

I worship the Guru’s lotus feet, awakening the happiness of the Self revealed. Beyond comparison, acting like the jungle physician to pacify delusion from the poison of existence. To Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, white in color with 1000 radiant heads (in his form as the divine serpent, Ananta), human in form below the shoulders holding a sword (discrimination), a wheel of fire (discus of light, representing infinite time) and a conch (divine sound) – to him, I prostrate.


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