Michelle Thanks so much for the appreciation. The closing mantra is elusive! But it is far older and more wide-spread than the opening mantra, which is specific to the modern Ashtanga practice. No one can be sure where the closing mantra came from. Rumors that it appears in the Rg Veda are false; it's just not in there. But it is seriously ancient and it may very well be the introduction of the incredibly popular -- "Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" (May all (beings within) the realms be joyous) I'm glad pacing suits you and be in touch with any comments or queries. Keep practicing and LSSB ;)
That´s a thoughtful reply - thank you! "Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" was the first Sanskrit, after the Om, which totally resonated with me and always sounds so familiar and somehow just right!I´m getting more into chanting - for years I found it barely possible to lie in Savasana! but now I l often find myself just sitting singing at the end of my practice - and sometimes spontaneously throughout-not very Ashtangi perhaps haha!
Im looking forward to trying the second half of primary class!