ASHTANGA | Chants

The Spirit of NAMASTE
"The Divine in Me salutes the Divine in You. When we meet in this level, we are One."
A Sanskrit word said both in greeting and departing, offers love, service, compassion and respect. By bringing these qualities to your yoga practice and to your daily life, you are honoring the true spirit of yoga.

Attention to detail is often the gateway into the depths & richness of our experiences. Yoga, more than being a series of physical poses, is a state of mind and heart. It is respect for the space and people around you. It is an attitude of humility and service. It is a graceful presence and a generous spirit.

Opening Prayer
Aum
Vande gurunam charanaravinde
Sandarshita svatmasukavobodhe
Nishreyase jangalikayamane
Samsara halahala mohashantyai
Abahu purushakaram
Shanckachakrasi dharinam
Sahasra sirsam svetam
Pranamami Patanjalim
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I bow to the lotus feet of the guru
Who awakens insight into the happiness of pure Being
Who is the refuge, like a jungle physician
Who eliminates the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of samsara (conditioned existence)
Who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
Holding a conch shell (sankha), discuss of light (cakra)
Sword (asi), and a mudra, has thousands of radiant, white heads (in his form as the divine serpent, Ananta)
I bow
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Closing Prayer
Aum
Swasthi praja bhyah
Pari pala yantam
Nya-yena margena
Mahi mahishaha
Go-bramanebhyaha
Shubamastu-nityam
Lokaa-samastha
Sukhino-bhavantu
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May all be well with mankind
May all the leaders rule the world with law and justice
May all things that are sacred be protected
May all beings in the universe be happy, peaceful and liberated
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