Yoga at IYSSB
IYSSB's newsletter:
Janpath - IYSSB's own newsletter - will be appearing at the Studio on a casual basis.
Printed on 100% recycled paper Janpath is a newsletter by and for the community of the Iyengar Yoga Studio of Santa Barbara. If you would like to submit something please email Emma-Jane: .
Janpath will NOT be available online - you will have to come into IYSSB to get your copy!
Invocation To Patanjali
Patanjali lived about 2,500 years ago. He is much revered, particularly because of the Yoga Sutras, which are 196 aphorisms that he wrote down - up until that point these teachings had been handed down verbally by the teachers of yoga. Patanjali's writings have been read and translated ever since.

B.K.S. Iyengar read the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and was able to explain them in such a way that we are able to understand. One of his authoritative books on yoga is Light On the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Amazingly Patanjali's sutras - written so long ago - are as pertinent to today's lifestyles as they were when he wrote them.

At the beginning of every Iyengar yoga class we take a moment to acknowledge and respect where this yoga comes from. We echo three Oms with our teacher, and then begin the Invocation to Patanjali which is chanted in Sanskrit. - we do it with our teacher as a "chant and response" - the teacher says a line of the text, and we echo.

To start the class this way symbolizes clearly that we are leaving the rest of the day behind and beginning our yoga. The Invocation to Patanjali also sets up the teacher-student relationship that is to come, as we chant and respond, taking our cues from the teacher.

At IYSSB we always have green copies of the Invocation to Patanjali for you to take. It has the words we say, with a phonetic pronunciation written underneath. Feel free to help yourself!

Invocation to Patanjali
 Play the Invocation to Patanjali with B.K.S. Iyengar:
Yogena cittasya padena vacam

malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena

yopakarottam pravaram muninam

patanjalim pranjaliranatosmi

abahu purusakaram

sankha cakrasi dharinam

sahasra sirasam svetam

pranamai patanjalim

Hari Om