The sun has many names in different countries and cultures but since ancient times, the sun has also often been thought of as a universal symbol of consciousness and self-illumination. Deepen your understanding of Surya Namaskar (salutation to the sun), and explore:
Its ancient origins and symbolism
Its depth, variations and development through different schools of yoga
Effect on the body: spine, muscles and vital organs
The incorporation of bija mantras
You will also cover more subtle elements of a yoga practice that include Chakra Shuddi - the purification and activation of energy centres (Chakras) through the application of mantra yoga and Mudra: The word mudra translates as sign or seal and is a gesture or position, usually of the hands and fingers, although sometimes of the whole body, that guides energy flows and reflexes. While the most commonly known mudras are probably the ones performed while meditating such as Gyan mudra, where the first finger and thumb touch, there are countless forms.
In yoga systems, the body is made up of five elements (air, water, fire, earth and ether) which also constitute our environment and surroundings. Each finger represents an element which, when connected to another in a specific and precise way, creates an effect on the body and rebalances the constituent elements. You will explore a variety of less commonly known mudras, their purposes and how they can positively affect health and wellbeing.
The practice will end with Yoga Nidra – the systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.
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