वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
Gist: Because I want more peace of mind and stability in my life, I am now going to practice yoga as I have learned it from my teacher.
Interpretive: For the peaceful resolution of the deluding nature of repetitive existence, I bow at the Gurus’ lotus feet, and behold the awakened joy of my own Soul; this is the ultimate refuge acting as a shaman for my spiritual enrichment.
प्रणमामि पतञ्जलिम् ‖
praṇamāmi patañjalim ‖
Literal: I respectfully honor Patañjali - a principle proponent of yoga - who has assumed the form of a brilliantly luminous man with thousands of [snake] heads, and who bears a conch, a discus and a sword.