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Ashtanga mantra

Here is the opening ashtanga yoga vinyasa mantra. It is done mainly while standing and chanting some selected Sanskrit's words. Many students feel hesitant may be due to Sanskrit as a barrier to not knowing the real meaning of the mantra. It is not more close to spiritual than to be religious.

Here is the opening ashtanga mantra, it is done mainly while standing.


Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde

Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe

Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane

Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram

Shankhacakrsi Dharinam

Sahasra Sirasam Svetam

Pranamami Patanjalim


It is translated as.


I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru

which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,

which are the refuge, the jungle physician,

which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara (Samsara is created because of samskaras)

I prostrate before the sage Patanjali

who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)

and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man

holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).


Closing mantras is mainly done before shavasana -


Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam

Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha

Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

It is translated as.

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

holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time), and a sword (discrimination).

Bindusaryoga has classes on ashtanga in the mornings on half led and full led online.


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