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Unpacking the Opening Chant

March 31, 2018 Tutorial

In the Ashtanga tradition we begin each practice by reciting two versus taken partly from a longer poem known as the Yoga Taravalli: OM Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde Sandarsita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane Samsara Halahala Mohasantyai Abahu Purusakaram Sankhacakrasi Dharinam Sahasra Sirasam Svetam Pranamami Patanjalim OM The Ashtanga Yoga research Institute interprets the Sanskrit meaning in this way: I bow to the lotus feet of the Gurus, The awakening happiness of one’s own Self revealed, Beyond better, acting likeRead More