UPLIFTING ARTICLE ON THE
BENEFITS OF THE SUN
ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL HEALTH AND
WELLNESS AND PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR A HEALTHIER
Welcome to the first edition of our monthly newsletter!
Ryan, Linda and Karl are all equally excited to share with
you our personal experiences, our professional expertise
Thinking of your body as if it were a garden is a great analogy which comes from Dr.
Jeremy Geffen (Geffen Visions International Inc.). In order to build a garden we must
have some essential ingredients such as soil, water, oxygen, sunlight, patience, and
love. This month we would like you to think about you nutrition as the major
ingredient to succesfully grow your garden. This nutrition will fuel each and every cell
which will eventually, with the proper care, develop into a beautiful life form.
Can you remember back to when
you were young and your parents
would have to drag you inside
when it was time to eat, get your
home work done or to go to bed?
What were you doing outside that
was so important? My guess is
that you were exercising, however
back in the good old days we called
it playing. That is exactly what we
do on our Saturday Morning
Workouts\u2026 We find a place to go,
gather a group of friends and we
play. Too often we create rules for
our exercise routines and in doing
so we take
out the fun. By coming out to a Saturday
Morning Workout you will remember what
it used to feel like to hang out in a park
with your friends. Each week we choose a
new location, with only one rule\u2026 dress for
the weather because it is outside! Every
Thursday you will find all the information
as well as pictures and comments of
previous Saturday Morning Workouts for at
Saturday Morning Workout February 11th
Spring Tune Up April
23rd at Body By
While many practitioners see the sun salutation as a warm- up to get through before the actual
(postures) begin, the importance of the sun salutations should not be overlooked, as stated by the living master of Ashtanga yoga, Pattabhi Jois.
\u201c\u2026It is Pattabhi Jois's wish that all practitioners who undertake the practice of Surya Namaskara do so with a proper understanding of their inner significance and of their practical method, so that health, clarity of mind and spiritual elevation may be achieved.\u201d
ritual salute to the sun that embodies the essence of the entire Ashtanga yoga practice. These two opening sequences (Surya Namaskara A and B) of the Ashtanga system form the foundation upon which we must build our entire practice. And
the importance of building upon a solid foundation! In Sanskrit, the language of yoga, Surya means sun, and Namaskara refers to an acknowledgement of thedivine .
Therefore, Surya Namaskara
forms the basis for the
practice of yoga (which in
Sanskrit means union) by
uniting breath and
salutations set the tone not
only for the following physical
practice, but also represents
the union of the body, mind,
and soul which is the
penultimate goal of all yoga
This union of movement and breath is referred to as Vinyasa. The synchronicity of upward
with inhalations and downward movements with exhalations provides the rhythm and guide for the flowing, athletic practice. The salutations also help gather the strength of the mind in one direction and aid in the attainment of mental focus. We need this state of mental focus to help us through the vigorous series of postures to follow while avoiding injury. In fact, some teachers will give new students nothing but sun salutations to practice until they have them mastered.
too strenuous, or if you just don\u2019t have the time, a lesser number may be done. And if you are really pressed for time or are just looking for a great way to fit in a personal practice in a busy schedule, you can do as little as Sun salutations and the closing series. Taking the salutations off the mat, they are a great warm-up for a workout or any physical activity, and an effective way to increase strength and flexibility.
So the next time you are standing at the front of your mat,
mindful awareness to your life-giving breath before starting your practice, be sure to remember to give the sun salutations the reverence they deserve. Set a solid foundation for your
Ryan is a certified Ashtanga Yoga
Instructor and a Personal Fitness
Trainer at Body by Bennett.
Always aim at complete
harmony of thought and
word and deed. Always
aim at purifying your
thoughts and everything
will be well.
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