Discover the Spirit of Yoga

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Discover the Spirit of Yoga

Chant Sheet
There’s a long tradition in India of saluting the teacher or evoking divine power through a mantra to open a practice. Such a preamble helps the student to steady her resolve and to remind her of the goal of the work, which is always self-liberation. It also serves to signal the student’s intent to humbly offer the upcoming practice as a sacrifice to the divine, which is the source of all true wisdom.

Saha Navavatu
saha na vavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha viryam karavavahai tejasvi navidhi tamastu ma vidvisavahai om shanti shanti shanti

May both of us together be protected May both of us together be nourished May we work together uniting our strength for the good of all humanity May our learning be luminous and purposeful May we not hate of dispute with each other May there be peace, peace, peace

Mani Bhratphana Salutation to your Practice Space
mani bhratphana sahastra vighrit avishvam bahra mandalaya (a)nantaya nagarajaya namaha
Salutations to the king of the Nagas, to the infinite, to the bearer of the mandala, who spreads out the universe with thousands of hooded heads, set with blazing, effulgent jewels.

Loka Samista Sukino Bhavantu Loka Samista Sukino Bhavantu May all beings everywhere be happy and free.

Hrdayam Mayi
Hrdayam mayi ahamamrte amrtam brahamani

Let my life force be linked to my heart Let my heart be linked to the truth within me Let this truth be inked to the eternal

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Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhur Bhuva Svaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

The Gayatri is the universal prayer, which asks for a clear intellect so that the truth may be reflected in without distortion. It appeals to the highest wisdom, to the brilliance of the cosmos to illumine an understanding of our true nature. The Gayatri inspires wisdom.

Gayatri: Therefore:

ganat (or gayanath) = “that which is sung” trayate = “that which delivers” Gayatri is the song of deliverance.

Chanting Glossary
The precise definition of some common terms
Chant, chanting: Chant is often used interchangeably with the Sanskrit word mantra; chanting is also used loosely to indicate either the repetition of a mantra (japa) or the singing of devotional songs (kirtana).
Mantra: Literally an “instrument (tra) of thought (man),” defined variously in English as a prayer, hymn or song of praise, sacred formula, incantation, or charm. A mantra may be meaningful or unintelligible, and may consist of a single letter, a word, or a complete sentence.
Japa: Literally “muttering, whispering,” usually in reference to the repetition of mantras.
Kirtana (Often referred to as “kirtan;” also called bhajana, “worshipping”): Kirtan is one of the practices of devotional yoga (bhakti-yoga) and consists of singing songs in praise of the deity, usually accompanied by drums and other musical instruments. Literally translated as “mentioning, repeating, saying,” usually translated as “chanting.”
Invocation: A mantra-like prayer usually spoken at the beginning of a ritual or formal practice session to solemnize the occasion.

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