Surya Namaskar is probably the most widespread and well-known yogic practice in the world. Moving through this sequence on a daily basis can offer great benefits for our physical and emotional wellness while lending support to us in our wider yoga practice and daily life.
The focus of this immersion is to come into a deeper understanding of this sequence – building stamina and strength in the asana themselves while growing comfortable practicing Surya Namaskar as a regular routine.
Topics we will cover together:
- History & significance of Surya Namaskar
- Surya Namaskar within your wider yoga practice
- Connection to prana
- Connection to doshas
- Introducing each asana / pose
- Variations to explore Intermediate modifications
- Advanced modifications
- Surya (sun) Bijas & Mantras
- Qualities of Surya and how to incorporate them into your life
Learn to Harness the Sun!
Each day, millions of people across the globe greet the sun with a particular yoga flow and sequence called Surya Namaskar / Sun Salutations.
In Sanskrit, Namaskar is the more reverent version of Namaste – both having the same root word, Namas, which most closely equates to “bowing” or “homage.” In this way Surya Namaskar becomes our first greeting of the day, a homage, a bowing to the nourishing force for all life on this planet – the mighty sun.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, we will also look at Surya Namaskar in relation to our health – how this sequence can help in balancing the ida and pingala nadis, help us work with prana, and in shifting our emotional states.
In this immersion you will begin to deeply understand the history, importance, and benefits of Surya Namaskar while coming into deeper connection with your body and breath.
You will also begin to develop your own daily practice during this time with us so Surya Namaskar can become a gift you can give yourself each day you wake through 2022 and beyond!
Whether you see yourself as a beginner in your yoga journey or spend hours on your mat every day, this immersion will allow you to refine and deepen your own personal connection to your body, your life force, and your Surya Namaskar practice!
Come salute the sun with us!
MEET YOUR TEACHERS
AyurYoga and Ayurveda Instructo – NISHITA SHAH, CAP, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT
Nishita is a passionate Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher & trainer, and a certified yoga therapist. While studying at the Ayurvedic Institute (AI), Nishita had the great fortune to learn Ayuryoga with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, and received her 500-hr AyurYoga certification. Nishita now leads and develops the curriculum for all the Yoga Teacher Trainings at the Ayurvedic Institute for both the 200 & 300-hr programs. Prior to her studies at the Ayurvedic Institute, Nishita attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Nishita loves cooking and her delicious recipes regularly find their way into our cleanses and onto our dinner tables!
AyurYoga and Ayurveda Instructor – DAVE YOSS, AP, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT
Dave is a kind and highly knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner, lifestyle consultant, and dedicated yoga teacher and trainer. Dave graduated from the Ayurvedic Institute and the Gurukula program in Pune, India, under Vasant Lad. He began teaching in 2011 and has been an integral part of the Ayurvedic Institute’s faculty ever since. Dave has led over 10 Yoga Teacher Training Programs and is a master teacher at the Tantric Alchemy Institute in Costa Rica, where he helped lead their 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training. Dave is best known for his love of teaching and appreciation for plants of all kinds!