1:1 atha yoga-anuśāsanam
Now in this moment, we begin our practice of yoga
This is the first sutra of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the 2000 year old guide into the experience of yoga. Chanting this sutra is not only an introduction to that experience but firmly establishes you in the present moment - the power of now. The vibrational quality of the mantra stills the mind so that we are able to expand our awareness infinitely and tune in to that ever present power within, that of the spirit, traditionally called the Self. To begin, also require our presence. In that state of beginning we are open to all the knowledge flowing in.