Chant to Patanjali

In the tradition of Iyengar yoga it is usual that the invocation is chanted at the beginning of classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute, Pune.

The sage Patanjali is the author of the Yoga Sutras, one of the classical yoga philosophy texts. We chant this invocation to Patanjali to honor the ancient tradition of yoga and the lineage of yoga that we practice.

Geeta Iyengar describes another reason for reciting the chant: “We chant so that at the very beginning that feeling of sanctification comes from inside, with the feeling of surrendering oneself, because nothing can be learned in this world unless you have the humility to learn.”

(From an interview of Geeta Iyengar by Margo Kitchen, RIMYI, 1992.)

Chant to Patanjali  Image of Patanjali

Let us bow before the noblest of sages Patanjali,
Who gave Yoga for serenity and sanctity of mind,
Grammar for clarity and purity of speech, and
Medicine for perfection of health.
Let us prostrate before Patanjali,
An incarnation of Adisesa,
Whose upper body has a human form
Whose arms hold a conch and disc, and
Who is crowned by a thousand-headed cobra

Introducing My Yoga Tutor

Find out more

Quite challenging but as time goes by you feel the benefits. Lin is a very good tutor explaining why we are doing a particular pose and what the body is doing whilst in the pose.

Jan Worthington

View More Testimonials

Latest news

Summer Camp  2019 (Immersion weeks)

An opportunity to immerse yourself in the subject with our Integration workshops. These workshops are aimed to discover the subtle aspects of practice, establishing an understanding of the eight limbs of yoga Cost £300 per...

View Blog

Contact the Maidstone Yoga Centre

You can contact us via the enquiry form below, which goes straight to our customer service team, or you can use any of the following methods:

Visit us at:

3 The Broadway

Maidstone, Kent ME16 8PS

Call us on:

01622 685864