The Essence of Surya Namaskara:
Salutations to Aditya (The Sun God)
This important Yogic practice dates back to the ancient Vedic period when the Sun was worshipped as a powerful symbol of spiritual consciousness. From these origins, we will practice 4 different Surya Namaskaras, including Surya and bija mantras. We look to the heavens for inspiration, but also need the earth for balance and stability.
The asana portion will be a light vinyasa style Prana Vashya sequence, then we will learn to chant a paragraph of the Surya Upanishad. Chanting in Sanskrit will energize our knowledge and clarity. Sound has vibration : it elevates your level of awareness, reduces anxiety and calms the mind.
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Taught by Dev Hari
"Yoga has not always come easily for me. My path has not been linear, forward moving, or painless. But it has been totally joyful and embracing. It has taught me how to become focused, how to work through the difficulties of my life, and how to welcome change. I have followed the path of Kundalini Yoga (Yogi Bhajan) but my heart is really consumed with Ashtanga yoga. And this lineage lead me to India where I have studied with Sharath Jois at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, as well as with various Indian teachers. I have travelled to India twice and immersed there for 5 months now and can’t wait to return. I learned pranayama from Acharya Vinay Kumar and will continue to be a student of his. Chanting the Vedas and Upanishads with Vigneshwar Bhat, is something I can’t wait to share with this community. Mantra has its own place in yogic practices. And really, these practices provide layers in our own yogic adventure."