The sage Patanjali is the author of the Yoga Sutras, one of the classical yoga philosophy texts. At the beginning of many Iyengar classes, we chant this invocation to Patanjali to honor the ancient tradition of yoga and the lineage of yoga that we practice.
Geeta Iyengar describes another reason for reciting the chant: “We chant so that at the very beginning that feeling of sanctification comes from inside, with the feeling of surrendering oneself, because nothing can be learned in this world unless you have the humility to learn.” ( From an interview of Geeta Iyengar by Margo Kitchen, RIMYI, 1992.)
Click on the link below to download a PDF of the written chant.
Invocation to Patanjali
Listen to Geeta Iyengar leading the chant in Pune, India.