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Mantras

Krishnamacharya provided each of his students with their own personal mantra to be used at the start of each practice. BKS Iyengar honours Patanjali with these words and passes this mantra on to his students.

This Sanskrit Mantra (मंत्र, Maṁtra) is of relatively new. In the ancient literature of the Hatha-Yoga (हठयोग, Haṭha-Yoga) text, it is almost exclusively Shiva who is worshiped as the god of Yoga. Additionally, in the comments to the Yoga-Sutra (योगसूत्र, Yoga-Sūtra) compiled by Patanjali (पतञ्जलि, Patañjali), the personal deity Ishvara (ईश्वार, Īśvāra) is often put on equal footing with Shiva.With this Mantra (मंत्र, Maṁtra), Patanjali (पतञ्जलि, Patañjali) is worshiped as Shesha (शेष, Śeṣa) or Ananta (अनन्त, Ananta) which clearly indicates a Vaishnava origin. It appears only in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, where each student received and passed on their own variation of this Mantra (मंत्र, Maṁtra).BKS Iyengar, like Krishnamacharya, can be assigned to Vaishnava Hinduism. The mantra BKS Iyengar teaches us, therefore, stems undoubtedly from this tradition.