Namaskar- A greeting or Salutation
Salute to The Sun.
Probably one of the most well know and repeated motifs in Yoga classes across the west.
A flowing sequence of forward and backwards bends that link seamlessly with the breath.
After several repetitions it helps to build heat and prepares the musculature of the body for a full yoga practice.
So why the name?
Certainly it summons beautiful imagery of practicing at dawn.
Every backbend elevating the face to the morning sun and then bowing down in reverence with every forward fold.
This always brings me back to the meaning of the word Yoga. From the root word ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘To Yoke’.
This yoke is a reference to the bar like tool used in farming, connecting two cattle together.
Yoga is about recognising connectedness between seemingly separate entities.
Surya Namaskar has this as it’s very essence.
A humble offering of recognition to this sun which floods the earth with warmth and energy and allows life and light here.
A reminder of the cyclical rhythms of this earth. Sun rises, sun sets, day to night, life to death.
Epic themes which we are all a part of.
Coming into harmony with this helps to bring us home. To dissolve any feelings of separateness from our environment and in turn or community.
Above is a film i made of a basic Surya Namaskar. I hope you enjoy the butterflies as much as i did.