Ashtanga Yoga Opening Mantra

In fact the mantra we do at the beginning of the ashtanga yoga practice are 2 mantras.  One from the Yoga Taravali by Shankaracharya and the other is a meditation verse describing Patanjali.  While chanting bring about a feeling of humility to the 'guru consciousness' and thanks to the lineage of teachers who have kept this practice as a living, breathing practice.  It will inspire your practice until the end!
OM, Shanti.