Ashtanga Yoga traditionally has both an opening chant and a closing chant. Because of Yoga's ancient roots, chants or mantras are offered in Sanskrit the ancient language of India , however their meaning is said to be universal as Sanskrit is the language of the heart. Chanting acts to shift the consciousness of the individual practicing the chant to a higher level of vibration. This in turn brings us closer to our Source or Higher Self — the aspect of ourselves that remains eternal — and leaves the practitioner filled with peace and feeling calm and centred.
Shala Teaching: The Invocation
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Share the post "Invocations or chants in Ashtanga Yoga practice". According to Sri K. It is always recited by yogis before the Ashtanga yoga practice. It is presented as a moment of change, an inner attitude, a rite of passage that goes from the profane time to the sacred time.
October 27, by Shelley Enlow. At the beginning of practice we traditionally chant the following shloka. I get asked a lot about the meaning of the Ashtanga Invocation and why we chant it. It's a good question because the translation doesn't make a lot of sense if you don't know the meaning behind the metaphors. So, with the help of Tim Miller's translation I'll give you my take on these powerful phrases. Taking the form of a man up to the hands, holding a conch, a discus, and a sword and having a thousand heads of white light, Patanjali, I bow to you.
Ashtanga Yoga Invocation. Ashtanga Prayer. OM vande gurunam charanaravinde sandarshita-svatma-sukavabodhe, nihsreyase jangalikayamane samsara-halahala-moha-shantyai. Shala Teaching: The Invocation. We always begin in Ashtanga with our hands in Anjali mudra, which is a universal, beautiful gesture of respect, and we always recite the invocation.