1. Om Saha Navavatu
    Saha Nau Bhunaktu
    Saha Viryam Karavavahai
    Tejasvi Na Vadhitam Astu
    Ma Vivisavahai
    Om shantih, shantih, shantih

    May we work together in peace.
    May we work together in peace for the good of our mental, physical and spiritual bodies; for the good of the environment; for the good of all beings.
    May we never make enemies of one another, destroying our peace.
    Om. Infinite peace.

    This Sanskrit mantra is for peace and togetherness. It encourages peace and well-being between student and teacher, between Guru and disciple, friends, yoga communities, the earth and the sky, the food you eat and your digestive system. It blesses the 5 elements – earth, water, fire, air, atmosphere – with peace. And is a great mantra to chant at the beginning of all yoga classes so that your studies, meetings and practices may be vigorous, effective and blessed with grace.

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  2. Sumukhi of Yoga Illumined chants the Gayatri Mantra, a very sacred Vedic mantra used in Agni Hotra or fire ceremony.

    Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
    tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
    bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
    dhíyo yó naḥ prachodáyāt

    ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः ।
    तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑णियं(तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं) ।
    भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।
    धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥

    Devanagari from Wikipedia.

    Earth. Atmosphere. Air.
    I bow to the effulgent Source of all that is.
    May this Source illumine my meditation and practice.

    You can download Sumukhi's CD, Deva here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/deva/id449948228

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  3. Join Sumukhi of Yoga Illumined in chanting the Maha-Mrtyunjaya Mantra - the great transformational hymn that leads us from death into immortality. It is a healing mantra for anyone who is suffering mentally or physically. A great blessing used in Agni Hotra - Vedic fire ceremony - to clear any obstacles to an abundant life of bliss.

    From Wikipedia:
    In Devanagari script:
    ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
    उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ।।
    In IAST transliteration:
    oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam ǀ
    urvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt ǁ


    "We worship the three-eyed Lord Shiva,
    Who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings.
    May he liberate us from death, for the sake of immortality,
    Even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage."

    Shri Brahmanananda Sarasvati, Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D. (Ananda Ashram, NY and Brahmananda Ashram, SF) translation:

    We worship the supreme light, the Absolute Shiva, who has three eyes and is existence, consciousness, bliss, who is fragrant and nourishes all beings. This light is the expression and communication of our life, and it is our physical, mental and spiritual radiation and prosperity. Kindly release us from all calamities, bondage and suffering, just as the cucumber is released from its stalk, without any injury. May our mind be absorbed into Shiva, amritam (nectar), the ocean of tranquility.


    You can download Sumukhi's CD, Deva from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dev...

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