Mantra Chanting

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An effective yoga session always begins and ends with mantra chanting. 

Importance of Mantra chanting before yoga session: A mantra is chanted at the beginning of a yoga session to bring the energy inwards, to focus and be in the present, to be away from worries and stress for some time, and to generate positive energy. 

Importance of Mantra chanting after yoga session: A mantra is chanted at the end of a yoga session to pay gratitude to God for being able to practice yoga that day, for all the beautiful things and the beautiful people around us, and pray to God for keeping everyone healthy and happy.

Posture before chanting the mantra

-- Chant Mantra --

Posture after chanting the mantra:

The Patanjali Invocation mantra


Yogena Chittasya Padena Vacham

Malam Sharirasya Cha Vaidyakena

Yopakarottam pravaram muninam

Patanjalim pranjali ranatosmi

Abahu purushakaram

Shankha chakrasi dharinam

Sahasra shirasam svetam

Pranamami Patanjalim


The Patanjali Invocation mantra, a commentary by Raja Bhoj on the Yoga Sutras, is written in Bhoja Vritti text. This mantra is chanted at the beginning of a yoga session to invoke the powers of sage Patanjali, who is believed to be an incarnation of Adisesha, a serpent with a thousand heads. Patanjali is depicted as a half-human and half-serpent figure. 

Meaning of the Patanjali Invocation mantra -

Sage Patanjali gave the science of yoga to remove the impurities of the mind, to purify words and speech through grammar, and to remove the impurities of the body through medicine.

I bow with folded hands to Lord Patanjali, who resembles a half-human and a half-serpent with a thousand white heads, holding a conch shell (shankha) and a discus (chakra).

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuva Svah

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

The origin of the Gayatri Mantra is found in Rig Veda. It is dedicated to Lord Sun(Savitr) and is attributed to Rishi Vishvamitra, who is also one of the authors of Rig Veda.

Meaning of Gayatri Mantra -

We meditate upon the Supreme Lord, the adorable sun, whose divine light illuminates physical, mental, and spiritual realms. May this divine light illuminate our intellect.

Shanti Mantra - Sarve Bhavantu Sukinah

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukinah

Sarve Santu Niraamayah

Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu

Maa Kaschid Dukha Bhaag Bhavet

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

This mantra also known as the universal mantra, is believed to be from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. 

Meaning of Shanti Mantra -

May all be happy

May all be free from illness

May all see auspiciousness

May no one suffer

May there be peace, peace, peace

Pavamana Mantra

Om Asto Maa Sad Gamaya

Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamaya

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

The origin of this mantra is from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Pavamana means being purified, strained.

Meaning of Pavman Mantra -

From falsehood, lead me to truth

From darkness, lead me to light

From death, lead me to immortality

May there be peace, peace, peace

Shanti Mantra - Om Poornamadah Poornamidam

Om Poornam-adah Poornam-idam


Poorn-asya Poornam-aadaya Poornam-eva-vashishyate

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

The origin of this mantra is from Ishavasya Upanishad. This is a powerful mantra with a deep meaning that God and His creation are one and You are part of Him always.

Meaning of Shanti Mantra -

That is complete, This is complete. 

From that Poornam or God, this Poornam or you come. 

From That, This added or separated, That remains complete.

May there be peace, peace, peace