There are numerous references of praising the sun for the purpose of good health and prosperity in the Vedas, the ancient Hindu texts. Daily procedures termed “Surya Namaskar” (which literally translates as “Sun Salutations”) were incorporated as daily mandatory routine for a Hindu, for the well-being of the individual. They involve physical prostration to sun, with a strong focus on breath and movement connection. This practice works on different chakras, energy centre, and can help activating the energy flow and the redistribution of energy among them. It enhances blood circulation and helps soothing the endocrine and nervous system. Nowadays different versions of Sun Salutations exist, varying in the sequence, the postures included and length. It is recommended to salute the sun in the morning with an empty stomach, but what matters the most is to practice it. Find your own version and make it a routine for you. Adopt it as a routine to build a strong and flexible body and it is essential for your mental wellbeing too. Remember to surrender and to let go of your holdings while you practice your Sun Salutation. Let the breath be the leader of your movements and let the energy of this practice run through your body and bring lots of goodness to it and to your mind.
Happy summer solstice and Namaste.
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
‘You owe me.’
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky. –
Text and Sun Salutation A by Emily.