The meaning of Sun Salutation

The God (Sun) of the Earth, Atmosphere and Heaven, that who is to be followed, we think-of (meditate-on) His energy (power), may He inspire (guide) our intellect/minds (consciousness).

The Sun Salutation dates back to Vedic Tradition ( 1500 bc-500bc)The Vedas is a period in Indian religion a predecessor to Hinduism but some of the rights are practiced today. The Vedic tradion worshiped the elements such as sun and fire and prayed for abundance of land and crops by performing rituals of which the sun salutation originated. Pictured here is a section of the mantra. Originally it was a series of 132 passages which took an hour to recited. After this the practitioner would lie down prostrate in the direction of the sun as an expression of devotion.

By practicing the sun salutation we are offering to the divine who is represented by the sun. The sun is the source of light and without this light there would be no life. The sun always gives and never receives.
When we practice the salutation we practice a breathing pattern. As we inhale we are drawn into the pose and the exhale takes us through and out of the pose.
The Sanskrit for Sun Salutation is Surya Namaskar A or B. There are many variations of the salutation. Come and explore some this Queen’s Birthday Weekend 9:30am-11:00 am Abundance Studio Porirua.

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