Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara) is an offering to the sun, the divine. It involves a series of movements that include opening postures to receive the sun’s energy and a series of bowing movements to respect and give thanks to the sun.

The grace and eloquence of this sequence reflects that of a dance. The movements should be graceful and smooth. Rhythmically moving with the breath can deepen the benefit of each stretch. The sequence can vary across many different yoga schools and it is important to find one that resonates with you and your body.

The poses strengthen and tone the body whilst the stretch opens the muscles to release any trapped energy or stagnation. Strength and flexibility work together in this sequence. Working with the breath can relieve and ease out any stress or anxiety. It is advisable to practice a few rounds in the morning to start your day off as it brings a feeling of vitality and rejuvenation.

There are many spiritual symbols reflected in the sequence. The sun is one of Nature’s greatest creations and we can use this sequence to draw on the suns energy to develop our own physical and mental strength.

The sun rises everyday (although we may not always see it!) It provides us with natural light and during the day time it provides us with a sense of safety and security which dispels the dark fear of the night.

I usually start the sequence of in a standing meditation visualising the setting sun whilst standing on the beautiful shores in India. I can feel the sun lightly touching my skin with its warmth as I absorb its energy and nutrients giving me the internal power to conduct my salutation.

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