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Archtypes & Mythology: Surya Namskara – Bowing to the Inner Sun

Submitted by Mark Stephens on Mon, 04/30/2018 - 09:56
The Sun Salutations that initiate many yoga classes are rich in symbolism. Surya is the chief solar deity who drives his chariot across the sky each day as the most visible form of God that one can see. It is also the ancient Sanskrit term for “sun,” which in most ancient mythology is revered, as Richard Rosen (2003) says

Liberating Warrior I Pose

Submitted by Mark Stephens on Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:39

If you’ve ever taken a Vinyasa Flow class or tried Ashtanga Vinyasa, you’ve moved through Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I) pose a lot. Or perhaps you sip from another cup of yoga such as Iyengar or basic Hatha in which you often hold Warrior I longer than the five breath maximum prescribed in Ashtanga.