March 14

Surya Namaskar - a technique of solar vitalisation

Surya namaskar is a well-known and vital technique within the yogic repertoire. Its versatility and application make it one of the most useful methods to induce a healthy, vigorous, active life and at the same time, prepare for spiritual awakening.

In recent years, people have realised the importance of yoga for physical, mental and spiritual enhancement. It helps tackle the ill effects of the modern lifestyle which is largely sedentary and filled with mental tensions. But the fast pace of our lives makes it difficult for even the most determined individual to implement yoga practise. And it is practise which is the most important and fundamental issue in terms of our betterment. For such lifestyles, Surya Namaskar is the perfect fit for it is a complete sadhana in itself, containing asana, pranayama and meditational techniques within the main structure of the practise. It can be easily integrated into our daily practise as it only requires five to fifteen minutes of daily practise to obtain beneficial results remarkably quickly.

Surya namaskar is more than just a series of physical exercises. Of course, it stretches, massages, tones and stimulates all the muscles, vital organs and physical parts, but it also has the depth and completeness of a spiritual practise. It is composed of the three elements of form, energy and rhythm. The twelve postures create the physical matrix around which the form of the practise is woven. These postures generate prana, the subtle energy, which activates the psychic body. The rhythmic superimposition of this form and energy on our present body-mind complex is the transforming force which generates the nucleus of a fuller and more active life. Try it for yourself and see!