Ashtanga Yoga Mantra
वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे
सन्दर्शित स्वात्म सुखाव बोधे
संसार हालाहल मोहशांत्यै
vande gurūṇām caranāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe
samsāra hālāhala mohaśāmtyai .
sahasra śirasam śvetam
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers, who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness like a Shaman in the Jungle he brings total complete well-beeing. He can even heal the most awful poision of conditioning and illusion.The upper body of human shape, carrying a mussel horn (original tone), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of differentiation) having 1000 bright heads, I bow to Patanjali.
A profound part of the tradition is the opening mantra that starts every Ashtanga practice. We salute this ancient tradition and Patanjali. Before we begin each Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, we recall this age-old tradition and bow to it with a Mantra. We especially honour Patanjali. He is considered one of the most important reference points on the philosophical and spiritual path of Ashtanga Yoga.
nyāyena mārgena mahīm mahīśāh |
go-brāhmanebhyah śubham-astu nityam
lokāh samastāh sukhino-bhavamtu ||
aum śāntih śāntih śāntih
May the well-being of all people be protected by the powerful and mighty leaders be with law and justice.
May good success be with all cows (divinity) and scholars. May all (samastah) the worlds (lokha) become (bhavantu) happy (sukhino).
Om peace, peace, peace
With this traditional mantra of peace (it is an ancient mantra from Rig Veda (ऋग्वेद), we close every Ashtanga practice. The energy we created thoughout th practice, which you can feel in your body and in the room as well, is sent into the world in form of love, light, and peace