Opening prayer for yoga


The opening prayer for yoga – Yogena Chittasya is chanted in 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 on 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, `shesh’ means snake). Adishesha is the king of all nagas or snakes. Snake is one of the primal being of creation on the earth.

Patanjali is known for writing the eternal Yoga Sutras. His writings were centred around the thought if zero ego and one existence, one being. His beliefs stood the testimony of time through centuries and decades for us learn and adapt into our daily living.

Yogena Chittasya is one such mantra that‘s intricate, pure and clear in its message. Chanting this mantra is also like paying homage to the Greatest Sage of all times – Patanjali.

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The opening prayer for yoga lyrics

Below is the the lyrics of Yogena Chittasya mantra, an ancient yoga mantra, it is also the part of Ancient Chants from India Volume 1 Album.

Yogena cittasya padena vacam
Malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena
Yopakarottam pravaram muninam
Patanjalim pranjaliranato’smi

Abahu purusakaram
Sankha cakrasi dharinam
Sahasra sirasam svetam
Pranamami Patanjalim

Meaning of Yogena Chittasya Mantra

Knowing the meaning of the mantra you chant plays a huge part in extracting full benefit from the ritual.

Let us have a look at the meaning of Yogena Chittasya:

Yogena cittasya padena vacam

I salute sage Patanhjali who gave us the science of yoga to purify our mind and consciousness, who gave us grammar so as to use the words with perfection.

(yogena = through yoga. Citta = mind. Pada = words. Vacca = speech).

Malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena

He gave us the science of medicine through Ayurveda to remove the impurities of the body.

(malam = impurity. Sarira = body. Vaidyakena = through medicine)

Yopakarottam pravaram muninam

Oh God, let me be closer to the sage who gave us all these things.

Pravaram = the greatest

Patanjalim pranjalir anato’smi

Let me bow down, with my folded hands, in front of Lord Patanjali.

Abahu purusakaram

He has the shape of a human from the hand upto the head.

(abahu = very big. Purusakaram = human shape)

Sankha carkrasi dharinam

On one hand he holds the conch, and the disc on the other hand.

(sankh = conch. carkrasi = disc) dharinam = hold/adorn)

Sahasra sirasam svetam

He being the incarnation of Adishesha, he has, on the top of his head, a thousand hoods of cobra.

(sahasra = one thousand, sirisam = head, svetam = white)

Pranamami patanjalim

I bow down to Patanjali.

What are the benefits of the Yogena Chittasya mantra?

Apart from being chanted or played along with yoga practice, these are the benefits of the Yogena Chittasya mantra.

1. Chanting of the mantra helps us to purify our mind and body.

2. It builds up our concentration and helps to get rid of our ego.

3. With an egoless mind we get to learn and experience more.

Yogena Chittasya Mantra is primarily used for yoga practice. But anyone and everyone may chant it.

When to chant this mantra?

The mantra is chanted at the beginning of a yoga class.

Your takeaway

Chant the Yogena Chittasya mantra and let in the vibes of the free and open spirit of existence in you.

You can download the Yogena Chittasya Mantra part of Ancient Chants from India Volume 1 Album.

❗ Editors note :

The information you find in this article is purely for educational use only. This is not to be considered as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from professionals. It is also advised to seek advice from your doctor or any other authorized health providers with any of your health and fitness related conditions and problems.

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