Invocation of Sage Patanjali
The invocation of sage Patanjali is recited prior to the beginning of class and/or at the beginning of your personal practice. As students develop their practice, they also begin to learn the invocation and recite along with our teachers.
yogena cittasya padena vācāṁ
Yoga for bringing quietness of mind; grammar for eliciting effectiveness of speech
malaṁ śarīrasya ca vaidyakena
And the healing arts for removing the ailments of the body
yo’pākarottaṁ pravaraṁ munīnāṁ
He bestowed these things that most illustrious of sages—
Patañjali to whom I make reverential obeisance.
Spirit rendered into human form
śaṅkha cakrāsi dhāriṇaṁ
Bearing the conch, the discus and the sword
sahasra śīrasaṁ śvetaṁ
Adorned with the cobra of one thousand heads—
I bow down before Patañjali.