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.
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.