The opening prayer for yoga – Yogena Chittasya is chanted at the beginning of any yoga class. It is an invocation prayer to the sage Patanjali, the greatest yoga master of all times, and author of the Yoga Sutras – the principles of the theory and practice of yoga.
By doing this prayer, we pay our tribute to the great sage Patanjali, whose teachings on Yoga have transformed humanity over many centuries.
The prayer is chanted by invoking the sage Patanjali.
Sage Patanjali is considered to be the incarnation of the thousand-headed serpent-king Adishesha.
Adishesha means the first snake. (`adi’ means first, and `shesh’ means snake). Adishesha is the king of all nagas or snakes. Snake is one of the primal beings of creation on the earth.
Patanjali is known for writing the eternal Yoga Sutras. His writings were centered around the thought of zero egos and one existence, one being. His beliefs stood the testimony of time through centuries and decades, allowing us to learn and adapt to our daily life.