Interested in learning more about the invocations chanted at the beginning of class?
Iyengar Yoga classes typically open with chanting OM three times, followed by two invocations to show respect for our lineage. The invocation to Patanjali acknowledges the ancient sage credited with compiling the Yoga Sutras. We added the second invocation in 2014 after BKS Iyengar’s passing to offer gratitude for our revered Guruji’s contributions to how contemporary yoga is practiced and understood around the world.
Chanting with feeling and purpose is a powerful way to add depth to our yogic practices. The inner vibrations generated from chanting help to erode the obstacles the distract the mind and unsteady the body.
Invocation to Pantanjalil
Yogena cittasya padena vācām
Malam sairirasya ca vaidyakena
Yo’pa karottam pravaram muninam
Sankha cakrasi dharinam
Saharsra sirasam svetam
Let us bow before the noblest of sages, Patanjali, who gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind, grammar for clarity and purity of speech, and medicine for perfection of health.
Let us prostrate before Patanjali, an incarnation of Adisesa, whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch and a disc, and who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra.
Where there is yoga, there is prosperity and bliss with freedom
Invocation to the Guru
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshvara
Gurur Saakshat Parambrahma
Tasmai shree gurave namaha
Guru is Brhama, Vishnu, and Shiva
Guru creates, sustains knowledge, and destroys the weeds of ignorance.
I salute such a Guru