#GathreYoga: Why (& How) We Salute The Sun
A typical yoga flow begins with a "sun salutation” or, as it’s called in Sanskrit, Surya Namaskar.
This involves a series of simple postures that serve to warm up the body and calm the breath. But what does it have to do with the sun?
“Surya” is the Hindu name for the sun. For thousands of years, Hindus have revered the sun as the spiritual heart of our world and the creator of life itself.
“Namaskar” translates to “to bow to” or “to adore.”
Put together, Surya Namaskar becomes a moving meditation; a prayer or at least humble acknowledgement of the source of all light and enlightenment.
Yogi Shiva Rea, Creator of Prana Flow Yoga, prefers the sanskrit name to its English translation, saying, "'Salutation seems so formal and stiff. It has nothing to do with the heart. Namaskar means 'to bow,' to recognize with your whole being. Reaching up, bowing forward to the earth in prostration—the meaning is inherent in the movement. Eventually, you are going to have an ecstatic experience of the life force entering your body."
Let’s Greet The Sun
Here, our Project Manager Anna demonstrates a basic sun salutation flow, so you can try it at home!
There are so many ways to do sun salutation—whether at the start of a rigorous yoga class or in a spare 5 minutes in your kitchen. It can be used as a solitary ritual at the beginning of your day, or a joyful moment with your kids.
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As the weather warms and we get ready to greet the sun and all the life and light it brings, we hope your sun salutations feel a bit more meaningful!
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