Interested in learning more about the invocations chanted at the beginning of class? 

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

Sanskrit Transliteration


Yogena cittasya padena vācām

Malam sairirasya ca vaidyakena

Yo’pa karottam pravaram muninam

Patanjaim pranjaliranato’smi

Abahu purusakaram

Sankha cakrasi dharinam

Saharsra sirasam svetam

Pranamami patanjalim

English Translation

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

Sanskrit Transliteration

Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu

Gurur Devo Maheshvara

Gurur Saakshat Parambrahma

Tasmai shree gurave namaha

Ari aum…

English Translation

Guru is Brhama, Vishnu, and Shiva

Guru creates, sustains knowledge, and destroys the weeds of ignorance.

I salute such a Guru