by Grace Koay, Louisa Kwan and Lauren Green, Yoga instructors
The sun is a primary source of light, a provider of energy to all living organisms on earth can also be viewed as the origin of all existence. In the Shiva Samhita, one of the ancient traditional yoga texts, each one of us embodies “rivers, seas, mountains, fields… stars and planets… the sun and moon.” In such a way it refers to how our bodies are directly tied to everything the universe encompasses. The sun can then be a reflection of our own ‘inner sun’, symbolising the seat of consciousness and higher wisdom that resides in each living being, dormant energy that is ready to be awakened.
surya – sun
namaskar – derived from ‘namas’ (to bow to) and ‘te’ (you)
The Sun Salutation, or in Sanskrit known as ‘Surya Namaskar’ is a dynamic asana sequence with the means of honouring the sun. Practicing Surya Namaskar in the morning with mindfulness to the poses, a spirit of devotion and awareness inward to the heart can provide immense benefits to both the physical body and the mind.
Tadasana with Anjali Mudra – Mountain Pose with hands in prayer
Urdhva Hastasana- Upward Salute
Uttanasana-Standing Forward Bend
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