Led Yoga Ashtanga Class
Complete primary series or half series
Corina teaches several half-series Led Ashtanga Yoga classes weekly (except for days with full or new moon) online through Zoom and complete-series Led Ashtanga Yoga private classes. Contact me for more information and / or to participate.
Mysore Yoga Ashtanga
Yoga class etiquette
Phases of the moon in 2022
The days of the moon are often taken as days of rest by Ashtanga Yoga practitioners.
New Moon/ Full Moon 2022
January 2 / January 18
February 1 / February 16
March 2/ March 18
April 1/ April 16
April 30/ May 16
May 30/ June 14
June 29 / July 13
July 28 / August 12
August 28 / September 10
September 26/ October 9
October 25 / November 8
November 23/December 8
December 23/January 2023
Opening and closing mantra
The mantra sung at the beginning of our practice allows us to focus our attention. The mantra at the end of our practice is to send a wish for a peaceful world, for better leaders who will help protect the Earth and happiness for all living beings.
The opening and closing mantras we use as part of our Ashtanga practice are mantras in classical Sanskrit, the language in which most yoga texts were written. Classical Sanskrit is more than 2500 years old, Vedic Sanskrit – the language of the Vedas is much older (about 1500 BC). Today, Sanskrit is no longer a spoken language, however the singing of Sanskrit mantras is very common in India, where there is a long tradition of transmitting sacred texts orally. Mantras and philosophical texts have been and often are fully memorized before translations are offered.
The word mantra comes from the root “man” which means “to think” and “tra” which means to protect. So chanting mantras is a way to protect your mind and increase your concentration. If we sing mantras, our mind is busy with what we do, rather than leading us in all directions, and the sounds we make create positive vibrations that calm our nervous system.
Singing at the beginning of our practice allows us to focus our attention. Mantras offer a way to separate us from the rest of our daily activities.
Singing in Sanskrit requires us to touch with the tongue in different parts of the palatal vault. The resulting vibrations stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland; parts of the brain that control the endocrine system. Therefore, it is said that chanting mantras helps regulate hormones in the body.
All Sanskrit words have “bija” or “root mantra”. It is said that this sound is created by / or contains the meaning of the “word”, so it is essential that the pronunciation is correct. Therefore, oral singing is the best way to learn mantras in Sanskrit. If you are trying to learn the opening and closing mantras, do so by listening and then repeating the mantra aloud.
While still working on learning the mantras, you can begin and end the practice by chanting the mantra Om (Aum). It is the most important mantra, because it contains every sound in the vibrational spectrum and is the sound of the universe or the primordial sound. Each part (A-U-M) represents birth, life and death and according to Patanjali (YS 1.28 / 1.29), singing Om is a way to get the state of yoga.
As explained above, it is not necessary to know the translation of the mantra to experience its power. In essence, the opening mantra thanks the spiritual teachers who came before us to provide the knowledge that will allow us to free ourselves from Samsara (the cycle of birth and death). In particular, we thank Patanjali, the author of Yoga Sutras, who is often described as half snake and half human.
The closing mantle sends a wish for a peaceful world, asks for good leaders who will help protect the Earth and happiness for all living beings.
You can view the full translations along with the devanāgarī script and transliteration here:
Why do we sing OM in yoga?
Most yoga classes can start with one or three OMs. So you may be wondering, why do we sing OM in yoga?
“OM is the basic sound of the Universe, singing it symbolically and physically, prepares us / connects us with everything in the world and the Universe.
Rhythmic pronunciation and vibration have a calming effect on the body and nervous system similar to the effects of meditation. ”