Opening Chant - Ashtanga Yoga (8 Limbs)

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Lisa Pollard
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This chant acknowledges and expresses gratitude to all the people who have passed yoga on for thousands of years so we can practice today and feel the benefits  in the body, heart & mind. This chant is about letting go of attachments so we can navigate life with more balance even when it is unpleasant or difficult. I am very grateful for all of the wonderful teachers who have inspired me to share this ancient yogic tradition. I feel deeply  supported by yoga and I hope you too can be nourished by this ancient tradition. May ease into  wellness and balance and rest easily in the muddy waters of the lotus. I hope you might be inspired to learn to this chant and surrender deeply into your ongoing practice.  Best wishes Lisa Pollard  www.lisapollard.com Lisa Pollard Yoga - Free App
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Lisa Pollard
Gratitude for this 5000 year old ancient tradition
I am deeply grateful for all of the teachers who have shared this ancient yogic tradition with me for the last 28 years. I learn more each day and I am deeply aware of how this tradition continues to flourish today. We are all benefiting from the teachers before us who pass this wisdom on to support us into wellness and balance. I hope you enjoy this opening chant which thanks the many teachers who have shared this wonderful practice. I hope you enjoy this opening chant and may be inspired to learn it one day. Best wishes Lisa
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Walter J
1st Chant
This was a bit different for me. I am planning to start adding yoga to my daily routine in April so this may be more helpful then!
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Tara
Thanking the Rishi’s
I am grateful for the knowledge and traditions of yoga that the yogis have created and maintained for our benefit. This chant is a way of showing my appreciation.
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Tammy
Opening chant
It is always a good practice, to be thankful for our teachers/ancestors that have come before us and shared their wisdom with us. I feel gratitude and thankfulness for my teachers and ancestors. For they have all helped shape me into who I am today.
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Eve
Verbal traditions outlast written ones.
I learned that verbal tradition is ancient and it makes sense to honor it.
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Jeff
Ashtanga Chant
I like this but I would’ve liked it a lot more if they taught you the opening chance instead of just saying it I may try to go back to it and where in the chat because I would like to do it.
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Joyce
Voices raised
I can’t remember and repeat more than a few words at a time. Experiencing the chant was nice and chanting has good benefits, but I prefer to participate, either in a shorter chant or a short chorus that I could join in on. An easy one I used to extend my session today: O[hmm], Harri O[hmm] Namaste.
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Tara
Opening chant
This is such a soothing way to begin my day and my meditations. After listening to the chant I feel more Centered and calm.
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Tara
Life as yoga
Mindfulness practice has helped me to re-dedicate myself to yoga. Hatha or physical yoga is only a tiny part of yoga. So I use this opening chant to begin my day and my practice. 🙏
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Tara
Soothing chants
In the morning after a cup of good strong coffee my mind is often racing. This surge of energy from the coffee spurs it on and it jumps from topic to topic. But I find if I lay back, focus on my breathing and allow myself to listen to the chant it will calm and soothe me. I try to begin my day with these chants but creating that discipline is a daily challenge.
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Tara
Calm
I have been having a lot of anxiety recently. It becomes difficult to settle down and meditate when I am agitated, but these three little chants always calm me. The opening chant, the healing chant and the chant to the sun. 🌞
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Tara
Letting go of attachments
This morning before listening to the opening Chant I read the comments about the chant and I was struck by this: Letting go of attachments so we can find balance. I guess that is what yoga is all about, finding balance, achieving equanimity. Or as the Navajo or Dine say......Walk in beauty.
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Tara
Anxiety buster
This works to reduce my anxiety when nothing else does. I am very grateful for these three yoga chants.
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Cyndee
Tranquil...
This chant is very relaxing and helps to start the day feeling calm. I only wish it would’ve lasted longer than 3 min. A 7 min version would be more helpful to me. The sound of this instructor’s voice put me in a tranquil state of mine and I just wanted to stay there and keep listening to her voice. Thanks 🙏
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Hannah
Ease into my day..
This chat relaxed my mind and made my body feel the vibrations that come along with it. Powerful words but peaceful and powerful. Amazing work. Good morning to all ⛅️🌷🌞
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Haley
Relaxed Mind
I’ve heard about these chants and how they help people be calmer and more relaxed which the chant did exactly that for me and I never felt better
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Susan
Opening Chant
Thank you for leading that beautiful chant. Chanting was how I began my meditation practice and is still one of my favorite things. I honor you as my teacher. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
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Joyce
Translation?
Thanks for sharing- what is the translation, or if I try is a reciting of a group of deities , what are they know to intercede with? Namaste