Yoga Teacher Student Prayer
Definition - What does Yoga Teacher Student Prayer mean?
Yoga teacher student prayer is the name given to a chant or mantra which states an intention for the work that the teacher and student will do together. It is used to honor the relationship and process occurring between teacher and student. In yogic practice, mantras are considered to be a way to raise consciousness and awareness and, as such, the yoga teacher student prayer can enhance the power of the teachings.
A yoga teacher student prayer is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of a yoga class. It may also be chanted by an individual alone engaging in self practice or study in order to invoke or honor their divine teachers or a guru who is not immediately present.
Yogapedia explains Yoga Teacher Student Prayer
There are many variations of the yoga teacher student prayer, but a commonly used one is known in Sanskrit as sahana navatu, which is a mantra of peace. Its translation in English is:
“Om. May we be protected both together.
May we be nourished both together.
May we grow in spiritual knowledge and energy both together.
May our study together be luminous.
May we not hate or have discord between us.
Om, peace, peace, peace.”
This mantra is also sometimes known as the mantra of togetherness, because it honors the power of learning together. It also reinforces the sacred relationship between a teacher and student, and the ways in which they should work.
Some yoga teachers may ask their students to memorize the yoga teacher student prayer in order to use it regularly and easily in class.