The yoga mantra is recited at the beginning and end of practice, in the original Sanskrit.
Mantras are subtle resonance structures and have wide powers of transformation, as the can turn negative into positive impulses, raising awareness through sound vibration. Is advisable to open and close the practice of yoga with a mantra, and those which appear at the bottom of this page are the traditional ones. Alternatively, reciting silently or loudly the syllable OM can also help the channelling of the energy of the body and focus the mind. Reciting the mantra in class is recommended but not required. If it makes you uncomfortable or it doesn’t make sense to you, you can just stay silent. The meaning of both mantras is about acknowledging and thanking the teachers who have given us this practice and also wishing prosperity, justice and peace in the world. Besides, it is nice to have a moment in the class where everyone does something together at once.
Om Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai
Abahu Purushakaram Shankhacakrsi Dharinam Sahasra Sirasam Svetam Pranamami Patanjalim Om
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 (conditioned existence).
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).
Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu 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