by Angela Clark
with angela clark
saturday march 15
Sun Salutations, also known as Surya Namaskara, play an important role in the modern day vinyasa class. Derived from the Ashtanga Yoga practice taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, not only is it a great way to warm up the body, it also connects you to the rhythm of your breath allowing the practice to become meditative and therapeutic.
Traditionally sun salutations were performed at dawn, facing east. They were done as prostrations to the sun god, the giver of wisdom and life. The Vedic Seers lived close to the natural elements, and had a particular fondness for fire because it was the one element believed was unable to be polluted. In fact, in many spiritual practices fire is revered for not only its ability to burn off impurities, but also for giving the warmth needed for growth and development.
In the A, B, C’s of Sun Salutations, we will explore that growth of our practice by looking at what muscles we need to engage to do the postures safely, when and where we may need to modify, and how to let the breath initiate the movement, allowing us to connect to that meditative quality this practice can bring.