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

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

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 namoh maha vira, jai Hanuman
Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram Sita Ram
Sita Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram

Meaning: This chant is to lord Hanuman, the most wholehearted part of ourselves.

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

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

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

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

Hey Govinda, Hey Govinda, Gopala Hari