|Radiant sun yoga|
|Radiant sun yoga|
The radiant sun shines joy and spirit into our yoga practice. The sun is energy, heat, fire, strength, the source of life and light. It is a symbol of hope, glory, brilliance, health, immortal life and enlightenment. The sun has long been revered in the yoga tradition as sacred, the physical and spiritual heart of the world. Ancient yogic texts recognised the sun - surya - as the soul of all beings, the creative life force of the universe. Yogis believe that the sun radiates inside as well as outside the body. The sun is the outer symbol of the spiritual light within our inner self, our true essence.
poised within the light
the ballet of yoga transpires
as existence itself
fluidly the arms stretch to the sky
amalgamating the energy of the being with the elemental whole
her breath becomes the movement of the tide
the ebb and flow
limbs caress the wind
like wings of an eagle
choreographed to the symphony of the sea
spirit expanding into the moment
past and future in flux into one pure truth
melding with the reflections from spun glass waves
running with the mountains
growing with the forests
seeding the soil
one simplicity within multiple realities
both lost and found between the sands of time
in all directions
her body sculpts serenity from the passions within
from the radiant sun
into the clear crystal morning air
by Brian Holmes
Sun and moon
The yoga that I teach is Hatha Yoga. Hatha means sun and moon. ha = sun tha = moon
Yoga is a dynamic balance of opposite dualities - sun and moon, yin and yang, masculine and feminine, fire and water, strong and yielding, light and dark, hot and cold, soft and hard, active and passive, doing and being.
Salute the sun
In yoga we practise an ancient flow sequence known as surya namaskar – salutations to the sun. Surya namaskar means to bow to, to honour the sun.
Sun salutation is a complete exercise for the body, mind and soul. It is a dynamic graceful continuous sequence of poses. Each sun salutation begins and ends with the hands joined in prayer at the heart in the spirit of devotion and with inner heart awareness. Regular practice of surya namaskar brings increased strength and flexibility to the body and peace to the mind.
With each forward bending posture I surrender, with each back bending posture I open my heart. With every balancing pose I am part of divine oneness. With every salute to the sun I acknowledge the divinity of the universe.