In Ashtanga classes, we recite two mantras – one at the beginning of practice, and one at the end. We chant these mantras in Sanskrit.
Vande Gurunam charanaravinde
Samsara hÃ¡lahala mohashantyai
Sahasra sirasam svetam
I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
Which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
Which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
Which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of conditioned existence.
I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
Who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
And who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
Holding a conch shell, a wheel and a sword.
Swasthi-praja bhyam pari pala yantam
Nya-yena margena mahi-mahishaha
Lokaha-samastha sukhino bhavanthu
May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Om peace, peace, peace.
Beginner’s course:The beginner’s course consists of two Mysore-style classes during the week within thirty days after your first class.
The weekend beginner’s course: consists of a 1.5 hour class on a Saturday and another 1.5 hour class on a Sunday in which we learn the bases and method of Ashtanga Yoga.