Invocation: “to call upon, something greater than ourselves and so break our own boundaries [which is].. the beginning of wisdom, the source of hope, and the condition of joy.”
– Raimundo Pannikar
Each time you begin your work of yoga with the ritual of an invocation, be it a mudra (hand gesture), a mantra, or a prayer, you put out the to the universe that the work you are doing is bigger than whatever your limited notion of yourself is. Maybe you go to your mat with a very individual concern to de-stress, to experience more energy, or alleviate a kink in your back. All totally valid reasons. But, the truth is that the practice won’t just shift you, it will shift the universe, seen and unseen. Whatever spark of insight, wave of hope, or alleviation of mental or physical suffering emerges in you comes as an energy that has no bounds. This energy ripples out into the universe, seen and unseen and has a beneficial effect. Yoga is that powerful.