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Invocations and Mantras

Mantras are a regular part of the Iyengar yoga practice.  The Iyengar family opens every class and important event with an invocation, whether it be the Patanjali chant, the Guru chant or another mantra.  Here are the ones that you might find at Adeline Yoga.

Invocation to Patanjali by BKS Iyengar followed by Geeta Iyengar in call and response. (English Translation here)


Guru Stotram Sanskrit slokas chanted by Swami Atmananda (English Translation here)

Gayatri Mantra is the great universal prayer enshrined in the Vedas. (Translation/explanation by Sathya Sai Baba)

Shanti Mantra – Bhadram Karnebih – is a mantra taken from the Rigveda. Mandala (Book) 1: Sukta (Hymn) 89: Mantra (Line/ Stanza): 8 (Translation from Green Message)

Om Gananam Tva Ganapatim – sloka on Sri Ganesha (more here)- from Rig Veda (2.23.1) (Translation from Green Message)

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra – (Sanskrit: महामृत्युंजय मंत्र, mahāmṛtyuṃjaya mantra “Great Death-conquering Mantra”), also called the Tryambakam Mantra, is a verse of the Rigveda (RV 7.59.12). It is addressed to Tryambaka, “the three-eyed one”, an epithet of Rudra, later identified with Shiva. The verse also recurs in the Yajurveda (TS 1.8.6.i; VS 3.60) (Translation & discussion on Wikipedia)

Om purnamadah purnamidam is the Shanti mantra (invocatory verse) of Isha Upanishad (IshaVasya Upanishad) Which is a part of the (Shukla) Yajurveda. (Translation from Green Message)

पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते | पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||

Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu is the Maha Devi Mantra. “As and when you remember me when faced with a hardship, I will demolish your difficulties at once!” (Translation from Green Message)

Om Sahana Vavatu is a Shanti Mantra (invocatory verse) to bring about peace and a conducive relationship between teacher and student. (Click here for translation)

Asato Ma Sadgamaya is a great mantra and true prayer—the seeker’s admission of his sense of limitedness and his heartfelt cry for assistance in transcendence. (English translation and meaning from

Mantra Pushpam is a great mantra taken from Taithreeya Aranyakam (1.22) of Yajur Veda. It is one of the most famous of all veda mantras. It is normally sung in a chorus by all the priests together after performing any Pooja (worship) or Yajna (fire ceremony) (English Translation here)

Green Message Website (Text/Translations)
About Mantras from
A Guide to Basic Procedure with Mantras