Ashtanga Opening Chant & Closing Chant

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When we sing the Ashtanga Opening Chant at the beginning of each practice, we are acknowledging the origins of yoga, honoring the guru, and creating a sacred space for our practice. The Ashtanga Closing Chant ends the practice peacefully. A blog about mantras used in Ashtanga Yoga.


Ashtanga Opening Chant: Vande Gurunam Mantra

The Ashtanga Opening Mantra is chanted at the beginning of every Ashtanga practice. If you’re interested in buying a printable PDF version of this mantra, click here.

What does Vande Gurunam Mantra mean?

Sanskrit

  • vande gurūṇāṃ mantra
  • वन्दे गुरूणां मन्त्र

Translation

Aṣṭāṅga MantraOpening
NameVande Gurūṇāṃ Mantra
Sanskrit IASToṃ
vande gurūṇāṃ caraṇāravinde saṃdarśita-svātma-sukhāvabodhe |
niḥśreyase jāṅgalikāyamāne saṃsāra-hālāhala-moha-śāntyai ||
ābāhu-puruṣākāraṃ śaṅkha-cakrāsi-dhāriṇam |
sahasra-śirasaṃ śvetaṃ praṇamāmi patañjalim ||
oṃ
Pronunciationoom
vande guruu-naam chara-naara-vinde samdar-shita svaat-ma sukhaa-va-bodhe
nihi-shre-yase jaanga-likaa-yamaa-ne samsaa-ra haa-laa-hala moha shaant-yai
aa-bhaa-hu purushaa-kaa-ram shank-ha chakraa-si dhaa-ri
Sanskrit Devanagari
वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे संदर्शितस्वात्मसुखावबोधे ।
निःश्रेयसे जाङ्गलिकायमाने संसारहालाहलमोहशान्त्यै ॥
आबाहुपुरुषाकारं शङ्खचक्रासिधारिणम् ।
सहस्रशिरसं श्वेतं प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ॥

Ashtanga Closing Chant: Mangala Mantra

The Ashtanga Yoga Closing Mantra is recited at the end of each Ashtanga Yoga class. If you’re interested in buying a printable PDF version of this mantra, click here.

What does Mangala Mantra mean?

Sanskrit

  • maṅgala mantra
  • मङ्गल मन्त्र

Translation

Aṣṭāṅga MantraClosing
NameMaṅgala Mantra
Sanskrit IASToṃ
svasti-prajābhyaḥ paripālayantāṃ nyāyena mārgeṇa mahīṃ mahīśāḥ |
go-brāhmanebhyaḥ śubham-astu nityaṃ lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu ||
oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ |
Pronunciationoom
svasti pra-jaab-haha pari-paala-yantaam nyaa-yena maar-gena mahiim mahii-shaaha
goo-braah-manebh-yaha shubham-astu nityam lokaaha
samstaaha sukhinoo bhavantu
oom shaantihi shaantihi shaantihi
Sanskrit Devanagari
स्वस्तिप्रजाभ्यः परिपालयन्तां न्यायेन मार्गेण महीं महीशाः।
गोब्राह्मणेभ्यः शुभमस्तु नित्यं लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ।

Ashtanga Meaning

The word “aṣṭāṅga” translates translates to “having 8 parts”5https://nws.uzi.uni-halle.de/search?lang=de&utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=a%E1%B9%A3%E1%B9%AD%C4%81%E1%B9%85ga&m=&t=&d=&type=&ntype=&cat=&ncat=&c=&v=&merge=on, referring to the eight limbs of yoga described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Sanskrit Pronunciation

If you’re interested in learning how to pronounce Sanskrit words, this pronunciation guide will help you:

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