Surya Namaskar: A Means to Effortless Meditation


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I’ve just recently begun practicing Surya Namaskar. It feels very natural to me and supports my other practices as well. I especially like the way this post has been designed with the Sanskrit and English translation, then the name of the pose and an example of it.

a Siddha Yogi from Zeehan, Australia

Repeating the mantras as I perform Surya Namaskar allows my whole body to turn to God's love. A warm enthusiasm begins to grow. All this takes place in a few minutes as I prepare for chanting and meditation. I emerge after meditation refreshed and breathing naturally.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

I feel so blessed and connected. Just before the beginning of the new year, my husband asked me if I could teach him Surya Namaskar, and so I did. Now we practice Surya Namaskar regularly.

Just now, I have seen the mantras to repeat with the asanas in Surya Namaskar. My heart jumps with happiness.

Thank you, dearest Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Copenhagen, Denmark

I have been teaching hatha yoga and practicing Surya Namaskar for over 20 years. Although I have always thought about the mantras for each posture of Surya Namaskar, I never knew how to use them, or where to start.

Now I am making the effort to incorporate the mantras into my practice of Surya Namaskar. They are making my practice even more powerful, and I am left feeling very grounded and full of clarity and love.

Thank you, Gurumayi. I feel as if you have poured new life and enthusiasm into my practice. I am so grateful.

a Siddha Yogi from Nairobi, Kenya

It was such a pleasure to read "Design concept by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda" after watching these 27 slides about Surya Namaskar.
I have been practicing Surya Namaskar for more than two years and it is indeed magical for me. I feel refreshed after practicing. I have read about Surya Namaskar and its benefits for the body from a physical activity and exercise point of view. And now it feels so awesome to know its importance in a spiritual context—and to learn that from my beloved Guru. 
Thank you so much, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

Thank you for this information, which allows me to put so many teachings together: posture and breathing, mantra repetition, treating the body as a divine temple, worship, centering the mind—and now another golden jewel, the bija mantras.

This morning, I memorized the bija mantras and said them aloud with the poses. I feel so rejuvenated and simply but fully happy!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your generous teachings and the blessings they bring into my life.

a Siddha Yogi from Bremen, Germany

After hearing Baba Muktananda speak in 1982 about the benefits of Surya Namaskar, I committed myself to the practice of it. All these years later, I still do it every morning. Over time, with the help of good teachers and my own expanding understanding of myself and my body, I’ve come to experience Surya Namaskar as if I’m in a different body from the one in which I started, with a different consciousness.

And today, I have the new practice of mantra for each asana! Evolution continues!

a Siddha Yogi from Brighton, United Kingdom

I am so excited to read this. Earlier this year, I found a hatha yoga studio and began practicing Surya Namaskar. It is a joy to find my body strengthening, and I also notice my meditation deepening. Thank you for the mantras attached to each posture. These will only deepen the experience, and I am so grateful.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

It is so true that physical exercise is beneficial for meditators! When I began practicing Siddha Yoga meditation, I had been very sedentary. Even taking a walk felt like a chore.

Immediately after my first Shaktipat Intensive, I began seeing Gurumayi in a vision every morning. In this vision, she didn't get me up to meditate—she insisted I walk my roommate's dogs! Her image would hover in my mind and not let me go back to sleep; I had to get up and get out. After about six months, I found I could quite easily sit for meditation daily for at least a half hour. I have exercised ever since, and I now practice hatha yoga regularly.

I am very grateful for the mantras that will make the Salutation to the Sun an even better beginning to my day.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

I learned the asanas for Surya Namaskar in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, during one of the retreats for young people. Over the years I lost touch with this form of yoga, yet I aspired to return to it someday as I was aware of its benefits on the mind and body, which I had learned about in the Ashram as a teenager.
In the middle of last year, I once again began to practice this beautiful and rigorous form of yoga. However, I was unsure of a few of the steps and I wondered if my memory had gotten all of them right. Now, seeing Surya Namaskar on the Siddha Yoga path website was pure delight! My heart leapt with joy. What a blessing—the Guru is supporting my intention of doing it again and doing it right!
Thank you, dearest Gurumayi. My namaskars to you!

a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India

I am so excited and grateful to see this exquisite post today! I love the thought of repeating mantras while doing the poses.
For some time I had been thinking about restarting my hatha yoga practice, but I kept putting it off—until this week when I went to a class. The class was all about the careful and deliberate practice of Surya Namaskar. Since then, I had two wonderful dreams of satsang with Gurumayi, and I have been feeling fantastic. I kept thinking, "How could one little hatha yoga class make such a big difference?" When I opened up this powerful presentation of Surya Namaskar today, it all made sense—it was grace!
I feel so fortunate to have started up the practice of Surya Namaskar again, just as this great teaching was being given to the Siddha Yoga sangham.

a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA

I am recuperating from surgery, and a few weeks ago in meditation I experienced Baba Muktananda coming to me and saying, “Essential yoga.” I felt he was reminding me of the power inherent in simple hatha yoga asanas, telling me to make sure to do them every day so I would heal faster. So I started to do simple asanas, adjusting each pose to what my body could easily do.
Last year, I attended the Pilgrimage to the Heart Retreat in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. After a hatha yoga session, I was resting in shavasana with my eyes closed and had a vision of Baba walking among the rows of participants, blessing each one. I feel that Baba is with me as I engage in this practice of hatha yoga.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

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