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Aṣṭāṅga Opening Chant

The chant used to open Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa classes. Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa is the style of yoga popularized by Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois. The first part of the chant is from Yoga Tārāvali of Śaṅkarācārya. It is not Vedic; it is Classical (from a later period), and it does not have a set svara. Therefore, it can be chanted with many different melodies.

Aṣṭāṅga Opening Chant

I bow to the two lotus feet of the (plurality of) Gurus, which awaken insight into the happiness of pure being, which are the complete absorption into joy, the jungle physician, eliminating the delusion caused by the poison of Saṁsāra (conditioned existence).

I prostrate before the sage Patañjali who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta) and who has, as far as his arms, assumed a human form, holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (a discus of light or time) and a sword (discrimination).



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