What is Yogena Chittasya?

What is Yogena Chittasya?

  • By - Corina Javier
  • 25 August, 2020

Chanting Om is commonly heard during the beginning and ending of yoga classes. When properly chanted, Om vibrates at 432 Hz, which is the exact frequency of all things in nature. It is sacred, as it is the embodiment of divine energy.

Yogena Chittasya is a commonly chanted mantra that has a clear and pure essence. Chanting the mantra is similar to invoking Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, and quite possibly the greatest sage of all time.


Om Yogena Cittasya Padena Vaacaam |
Malam Shariirasya Ca Vaidyakena ||
Yo[a-A]paakaro[a-U]ttamam Pravaram Muniinaam |
Patan.jalim Praan.jalir-Aanato[a-A]smi ||


So what are we truly saying when we chant these words? According to a translation by Siddhartha Krishna of Iyengar Yoga Center, here is a breakdown of the Hindi words:

Yogena – through yoga

cittasya – of the mind-conent

padena – through grammar

vaacaam – of speech

malam – impurity

shariirasya – of the body

ca – and

vaidyakena – through Ayurveda

Yo – he who

apakarot – removed

tam – to him

pravaram – most exalted

muniinam – among the contemplative sages

pantan.jalim – to Pantajali

praan.jalir – with folded palms

aanata – bowed down

asmi – I am


Transliterating it wouldn’t make much sense. A more accurate translation in English would be:

I bow down with folded palms to Sage Pantajali, the most exalted among contemplative sages, who removed the impurity of the mind-content through yoga, of speech through grammar, and of body through Ayurveda.

Such beautiful words help in purifying the mind and body. Through concentration, one can defeat his or her ego, which paves the way for more learning and knowledge.




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