Opening prayer for yoga

We explain the origins and benefits of the best opening prayer for yoga, the Yogena Chittasya mantra.

Apr 29, 2024
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.
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 are the lyrics of the Yogena Chittasya mantra, an ancient yoga mantra. It is also 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 Patanjali who gave us the science of yoga to purify our mind and consciousness, and who gave us grammar so as to use 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 up to 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 is the incarnation of Adishesha, he has, on the top of his head, a thousand hoods of a 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 as part of the Ancient Chants from India - Volume 1 album.