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. Studies have shown that when a person chants it can stabilise their heart rate, lower blood pressure, produce beneficial endorphins in the body and boost metabolic processes, so it perfectly compliments the physical practice of asana. The Opening Prayer is a blessing of gratitude offered to the lineage of teachers and their students who have enabled this ancient practice to survive through thousands of years so that we can experience its benefits today. The recitation of this mantra cleanses the energy of the space we have chosen to practice yoga, as well as preparing the mind, body and emotions for the forthcoming Ashtanga sequence. The Closing Prayer brings the practice to a peaceful end; sealing in the work done and offering the efforts of our practice to improve the state of the world. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India.
Ashtanga Yoga Opening Mantra
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A mantra is a sacred verse or sound. Recited or chanted in Sanskrit, it symbolically conveys the spiritual dimension of yoga. The word-by-word translations and commentaries will offer you a conscious and profound access to yoga philosophy. The most popular mantra consists of only letters: O-M! Yet there are numerous mantras which symbolize the spiritual background of Yoga.
The Ashtanga Yoga Mantra opening the practice
The opening mantra that starts every Ashtanga practice is a profound part of the tradition. In chanting it, we salute this ancient tradition and Patanjali. I bow in front of both lotus flower like feet of my teachers guru. Beyond comparison, acting like the jungle phyiscian - To pacify delusion from poison of existence. Gleich zu Beginn des Mantra denken wir an all die Yogis, die vor uns bereits den Yoga praktizierten, entwickelten und kultivierten. Zwar unterlagen die Techniken des Yoga stets dem Wandel der Zeit.
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