The Surya Namaskara cycle (sun salutation) is an ancient
prayer to Lord Surya, the Sun God. As we move from winter to spring, we praise
the warmth of the sun when it meets our face and skin. We enjoy the warmth,
light, and energy it brings. Life on Earth would cease without the Sun and its
gift of solar energy. As Michiganders, we welcome the sunshine with open arms
after a long winter! However, we all sometimes forget to be thankful for the
gifts of nature or we take certain things for granted. The daily prayer of
Surya Namaskara helps us give thanks to the Sun every day and stay connected to
Mother Nature. In fact, we just
celebrated Earth Day as a reminder for us to give back to nature and take care
In the mantra for Surya Namaskara, Lord Surya has 12 names.
Before each cycle of the sun salutation, we sing or chant one name of Lord
Surya, in the sequence of the mantra, then repeat the next name of Lord Surya
before the next sun salutation cycle… and so on until the 12th
salutation is complete. The mantra reminds me that I’m doing this continuous
cycle of poses to show gratitude to the Sun and internalize its miraculous
energy. If you’re not able to do all 12 sun salutations, that’s ok! Build up to
it and go at your own pace. You can still recite the full mantra before you get
started to help you learn it.
Continue reading “Becca’s Here Come’s the Sun!”
When we practice yoga we sometimes operate as our own therapist; trying to heal ourselves or maintain and support our health. We sometimes practice as fitness enthusiasts trying to develop our strength, stamina, and flexibility. And we also recognize that our practice works on our emotions, and our intellect, and our inner spirit.
As the Stay Home, Stay Safe order continues for at least another
3 weeks we all are cheering on the scientists. We need them to figure out what would be our
best next safe moves. I propose you
dedicate a practice to those scientists that are working so hard right now to
understand the virus, looking for treatment
and vaccine, and also the epidemiology ramifications on our society. Good scientists are clear thinking, objective,
and creative. These qualities are
developed in us when we practice.
Continue reading “Practice like a Scientist: Observe Events, Report Findings”
As we all continue our social distancing, and during those cherished walks outside, many are now facing seasonal allergies on top of everything else! Our yoga practice can help to relieve symptoms, and also help reduce the intensity of future attacks.
Patanjali speaks of pains that can and should be avoided are the ones that are yet to come. PYS 2.16 We should do everything to bolster up our breathing systems when we are well – like making an insurance payment.
Patanjali also says that labored breathing along with sorrow, despair, and an unsteady body will distract our efforts to know our consciousness. PSY 1.31 Even more reason to keep up our asana and pranayama practice. Less sorrow, despair, shaky body, or labored breathing seems like a good thing to work on now and always.
Continue reading “Seasonal Allergies – as if we didn’t have enough to contend with!”