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Surya Namaskar: A Means to Effortless Meditation

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Updated: Jan 31 Updated: Jan 29
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What a wonderful treat! We are so inspired by reading the mantras for Surya Namaskar and their meaning. Here in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, the group of Siddha Yoga hatha yoga teachers has decided to practice Surya Namaskar together in the hatha yoga studio to experience the power of these mantras. 
 
Thank you so much, Gurumayi ji, for your guidance and inspiration through the Siddha Yoga path website.

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

Thank you for this beautiful posting! A couple of months ago, due to a stiff back, I restarted my hatha yoga practice with Surya Namaskar as my central series of poses. I was primarily doing Surya Namaskar to loosen the tension in my body, and it felt great.

Now, by my seeing the mantras and speaking them aloud, as well as reading the English translation, my understanding of Surya Namaskar is being taken to a whole new level. After practicing Surya Namaskar this morning, holding awareness of it as worship of the Sun, I felt joyful and calm and went about my day.

After lunch, as I sat quietly outdoors for a few minutes to observe and listen to the sounds of nature, I felt the warm sun on my body and felt blessed. I saw sparkling glimmers of sunlight in the palm trees in the distance; they looked like jewels. I felt the gentle breeze and watched the plants sway with it. And most profoundly—I experienced Gurumayi's presence both within me and all around me; I was having her darshan. My practice of Surya Namaskar was the gateway to this experience.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I was so excited to see this post on Surya Namaskar! Thank you! In the past eight months, I have developed a hatha yoga practice. It has helped me to gain strength and flexibility. It has also increased my concentration and contributed to deepening my meditations. I have been so fortunate to have found a wonderful teacher, who not only challenges me but also encourages me in a gentle and compassionate way. When I went to the yoga studio for the first time and saw the Shiva Nataraj at the front of the room, I felt sure I had come to the right place, and that somehow Gurumayi had guided me there.

a Siddha Yogi from Vermont, USA

Being greeted this morning by this beautiful presentation of the Surya Namaskar, a profound and powerful homage to the self-luminous one, the sun, was wonderful! As a hatha yoga instructor, the Surya Namaskar, this flow of movements, is part of what I teach. 
 
Thank you for the reminder of the dimension of pure homage to be found in the Surya Namaskar, this salutation to that golden incandescent splendid orb that rises each dawn faithfully and majestically.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

Salutations to the Sun! What a thrill to see these beautiful illustrations on the Siddha Yoga path website! Watching how a fellow musician performed this series of asanas every day for a year, and seeing the beneficial effect it had on his life, and in particular, on his trumpet playing, I developed a fascination with hatha yoga. Several years later, wanting the same effect for my life and cello playing, I signed up for my first hatha yoga class, which was coincidentally taught by a Siddha Yoga student.

It was only a few weeks into the term, after performing Salutations to the Sun and while resting in shavasana, the corpse pose, that I received shaktipat. Seeing this lovely post today is exhilarating.

a Siddha Yogi from South Carolina, USA

What a great blessing! I was first taught Surya Namaskar as a teenager in Shree Muktananda Ashram. This practice has been with me ever since. It is a great blessing to have this profound practice honored on the Siddha Yoga path website this morning. The verses along with each pose bring the practice even deeper into my body, heart, mind, and soul.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for gracing the world by bringing such depth of knowledge to this practice.

a Siddha Yogi from Colorado, USA

I was so happy to see the post for Surya Namaskar on the website. It’s so beautifully created with all the postures and mantras. During my six months as a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, Surya Namaskar has been my favorite practice during the hatha yoga classes.

I feel that this ancient Indian yogic practice is guaranteed to give all its benefits to the one who does it regularly. Through the practice of Surya Namaskar, I worship the Guru as the sun in my life.

Thank you once again, Gurumayi, for all the guidance you are giving us through the medium of this website. May we come to know its power by putting it into practice.

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

Thank you for this exquisite invocation. I practice Surya Namaskar each day to help my body prepare for meditation and the day ahead. This morning, I repeated the invocation and it transformed a pleasant form of exercise into worship of the inner sun, my own Self.

I've copied it into my journal so that I can continue to contemplate each amazing line and integrate the words and my understanding of them into my practice.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

The sky is dark as the sun has not yet risen today. I hear the peaceful silence. I am happy with anticipation to greet this new and sacred day. It is beautiful to see this presentation of Surya Namaskar.

I have the privilege of offering seva as a hatha yoga teacher, and to see this spiritual practice honored here on the website makes me want to sing to the heavens. I go now to meditate and to practice with the rising of the sun.

Thank you for this awesome post. I am moved to rededicate myself again and again to practice venerating the sun both within and without.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA