Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening Mantra - Lyrics, Meaning, Benefits, Download

Learn everything about this Yoga chant that helps
tune out negative influences

Yoga mantras are used to bolster your intention of meditation. When coupled with yoga poses, yoga mantras help you raise consciousness by unifying the mind, body, and breath.

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening mantra is a short mantra used as a gratitude towards yogic teachers (gurus).

It is an acknowledgment of surrender to the process of yoga and to one's own self.

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening Mantra is part of the Ancient Yoga Mantras for De-Stress album.

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History of the mantra

Ashtanga yoga is also known as the Eight-limb yoga. Here, the eight limbs represent eight principles:

  1. Yama, meaning moral codes
  2. Niyama, meaning self-purification
  3. Asana, meaning posture
  4. Pranayama, meaning breath-control or breathwork
  5. Pratyahara, meaning sense-control
  6. Dhyana, meaning meditation
  7. Dharana, meaning concentration
  8. Samadhi, meaning contemplation or, in some interpretations, salvation

Vinyasa is the movement of body and breath that effectively cleanses the mind and body. Every movement is carried out in one breath.

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening mantra is verse that explains the benefits of yoga practice. It conditions the mind to be receptive to the gifts yoga has to offer.

Yoga practitioners chant or listen to this mantra at the beginning of their yoga session. It primes them to be focused on their meditation and practice.

Lyrics of the Mantra

Om
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svaatma Sukhaava Bodhe
Nih Shreyase Jangalikaayamaane
Samsaara Haalaahala Mohashantyai

Aabaahu Purushakaaram
Shankhachakraasi Dhaarinam
Sahasra Shirasam Shvetam
Pranamaami Patanjalim
Om

Meaning of the Mantra

Verse 1 :
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svaatma Sukhaava Bodhe
Nih Shreyase Jangalikaayamaane
Samsaara Haalaahala Mohashantyai
~
Meaning :

I bow at the lotus feet of the Guru,
Who reveals the path to awakening joy in my inner self,
Who is beyond comparison, the natural healer,
Who eradicates all delusion.

Verse 2 :
Aabaahu Purushakaaram
Shankhachakraasi Dhaarinam
Sahasra Shirasam Shvetam
Pranamaami Patanjalim
~
Meaning :

Who took human form,
Bearing a conch, a chakra, and a sword,
And a thousand heads,
To that divine Patanjali, I bow.

Benefits of listening to Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening Mantra

The Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening Mantra holds several benefits for the mind of both the chanter and the listener.

Listening to this mantra along with meditation helps you in the following ways.

Benefit 1 - Tune out distraction
With this mantra, you have the ability to tune out your external distractions

Benefit 2 - Slows down your thoughts
This chant can help calm a hectic mind

Benefit 3 - Deepens devotion
The mantra instills a deep sense of devotion to yourself and helps you access peace of mind

Benefit 4 - Richer meditative state
Regular practice of this mantra can help you enter a rich meditative state before you begin your yoga practice

Preview Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening Mantra

Here's a preview of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Opening Mantra of the Ancient Yoga Mantras for De-Stress Album

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