Honor your lineage.
There are rich, stunning photos of many different teachers hanging in the studio. The most prominent photos portray the shining faces of Swami Satchidananda and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois—two central teachers in the Jivamukti lineage (along with Swami Nirmalananda). The practice space is simple and clean, so the eye is very naturally drawn to the soft smiles of these beloved teachers. We chanted several times to honor them, and I learned these two chants are sung at the end of every yoga class at the Institute:
Om Asato Ma Sad-Gamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrtyor-Ma Amritam Gamaya
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih
Translation: Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality, Om peace, peace, peace.
They also sing one of my favorite chants:
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free.
The Institute also helped me learn more about other teachers. The photo above portrays Swami Venkatesananda. I'm not very familiar with his teachings, but I plan to be soon; his photograph was hanging on a wall outside the practice room, and underneath it was a quote from him: