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Monday, July 23, 2012

Surya Namaskara~ 3 Powerful Reason to Salute the SUN

Sun Salutations are an essential, integral and popular part of many modern yoga practices.  The Sanskrit word Surya means 'sun' and Namaskara translates to mean 'worship' or 'salute.'

The sun itself is a symbol of spiritual illumination and knowledge.  The sun shines outside of you, but also radiates inner light from inside of you.  Incorporating one to ten sun salutations into your daily life is an amazing way to elevate your consciousness and to be more joyful!

3 Powerful reasons to practice yoga sun salutations are:

  1. To Revitalize the Whole Body~  Sun Salutations remove signs of tiredness, work all the joints, flex the muscles, massage the internal organs, activate the respiratory and circulatory systems while toning and harmonizing the entire body.  They also build heat and boost endorphins, the feel good hormones.  
  2. Express Gratitude for Heat and Light~  The Sun is the source of heat and light.  Without the sun, the planet would cease to exist.  All life would be snuffed out.  Consciously expressing gratitude for things like the sun keeps you open to receiving all of life's amazing blessings.
  3. To Remember Sunset is necessary for Sunrise~  Saluting the sun is a great way to reflect on the cycle's of life.  When it seems like nothing is happening, trust that like the sun, you are about to have a breakthrough.  It is always darkest just before the sunrise.  The quiet times are just as important as the active times.  There is such a thing as too much light.  Everyday the sun reminds us that sometimes you are rising, sometimes you are maintaining and sometimes you are decaying.  This applies to your energy levels, relationships, business and life in general. 

Although it is helpful and beneficial in many ways to attend an actual yoga class, it is not necessary to do so in order to gain the benefits of sun salutations.  In fact, they can be done anywhere, at anytime.  If you have never done any yoga, it is recommended that you get proper instruction before beginning.  You can always just face the sun just face the sun and inhale your arms up over your head to begin to feel the benefits.  As you exhale bring your hands to your chest in prayer and fill your heart with gratitude.  Allow a smile to come across your face and know that sun is an amazing teacher of persistence and determination.

If you have a regular yoga practice, practice bringing a heightened sense of awareness to your sun salutations.  Inhale each time you look up and exhale each time you forward fold.  Appreciation for the sun outside of you enhances and expands the sun shining inside of you.

Being Happy Healthy and Fit comes naturally when you incorporate yoga into your daily life.  Namaste~

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