chant guide:

Prayer to our teachers

om ajnana-timirandhasya
jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah

Classical yoga traditions always thank the teacher or the guru when practicing. Each tradition has it’s own invocation. The one we use is the opening to the Bhaghavad Gita.

Meaning: I was born to the darkest of ignorance but my teachers are opening my eyes to the torchlight of knowledge so I thank them.

*Listen: Prayer To Our Teachers

chants

raghupati rāghav rājārām,
patit pāvan sītārām
īśvar allāh tero nām,
sab ko sanmati de bhagavān
rama ram jaia rājārām
rama ram jaia sita ram

Meaning: Raghupati Raghav is a person who is well aligned spiritually; Raja Ram is king Ram; patita pavan is when the spiritually aligned person inspires others with their presence. Oh, praise everyone with your wisdom, hail Sita and Ram! Ishvar allah, God, these are your names, praise everyone with your wisdom!

*Listen: Raghupati Raghava

Govinda Jaia Jaia, Gopala Jaia Jaia
Radha Ramana Hari
Govinda Jaia Jaia

Meaning: Different names for Krsna and his beloved, Radha

*Listen: Govinda Jaia Jaia

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

Meaning: I offer up everything that I know and all I don’t know with humility to the divine or the greater power.
*Listen: Om Namo Bhagavate

Sri ram jai ram jai jai ram
Sri ram jai ram jai jai ram
Sita ram sita ram sita ram sita ram
Sita ram sita ram sita ram sita ram

Meaning: this is a chant honoring Prince Ram who is an avatar or Vishnu and the protagonist of the Ramayana (the ancient hindu epic poem) and his love Princess Sita

*Listen: Sita Ram

Om namah shivaya, Om namah shivaya
Om namah shivaya, Om namah shivaya
Namah shivaya, namah shivaya
Namah shivaya, namah shivaya

Meaning: This chant is to lord Shiva. Some think of him as the destroyer, but in some ways he is also the god of creation because in order to make space for something sometimes you have to cut something else out by the root or completely burn it to the ground in order to make way.

Hey Govinda, Hey Govinda, Gopala Hari

Meaning: it is a call to Govinda, Gopal and Lord Hari, which are all names of Krsna, so it is again a call to that divine energy out there, the names of Krsna serve as a container for it.

Govinda, Govinda, Govinda, Govinda
Damodara, Damodara, Damodara, Damodara
Govinda Damodara, Maha Veiti
Govinda Damodara, Maha Veiti

Meaning: The Gopis, the sheep herders, would sing this as a lullaby. Govinda is a name for the divine, Damodar was his brother, and Madhaveti is one who is touched by Radha, Krishna’s beloved (in short, you, the singer).

*Listen: Govinda Govinda

Sri Krsna Govinda, Hari Murari
Hey Natha Narayana Vasudeva
Hey Govinda, Hare Murare
Hey Natha Narayana, Vasudeva

Meaning: these are all names for the divine
*Listen: Draupadis Chant

Vamsidhari Giridhari, Vamsidhari
Kunjabihari, Kunjabihari
Yashuda Dulalal Govinda Gopala
Yashuda Dulalal
Rasa Biharilal, Madha Makanlal

Meaning: these are once again a string of names for Krsna and Yashuda, his mother. Dulalal meaning little boy. Krsna who is son to Yashuda.

*Listen: Yasodadulala

Dasharatanandana Jai Sri Ram
Janiki Jiva Jai Sri Ram
Hanumana Prana Jai Sri Ram
Patita Pavana Jai Sri Ram
Sri Ram Sri Ram Sri Ram, Raghupathi Ram

*Listen: Sri Ram