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Season 1 - Episode 8

Yoga and the Sun

60 min - Talk


May we find the courage to keep growing towards the sun.  James shares an animated talk about the Sun and it’s symbolism in yoga and Indian tradition, focusing on Surya Namaskara, the Sun Salutes we perform in many yoga classes. We learn the symbolism woven into each movement, and how performing this sequence every time with a fresh perspective can help us feel connected to the energy of the sun, draw on all of the elements in existence to remind ourselves of our interconnectedness, and invite more grace into our lives, feeling warmed, blessed, and enlivened by our “best friend”, the Sun.

Please find attached a pdf of the Surya Namaskara hymn to which James refers in this class.

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Many Thanks for a most elucidating articulation of Surya Namaskar. You shed great light upon whatever subject you present which is much appreciated now that my own light is somewhat dimming with age.
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This! I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say my interpretation of sun salutations has forever changed! Thanks for this breakdown and for lightening my day 😹☀️
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Hello, I too wanted to say how my practice of Sūrya Namaskāra will indelibly be linked with the wonderful way you presented it James.  A moving prayer honouring everything, not just the Sun but the earth, the elements, the human and animal life and plant life, God..  Thank you from my heart .
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Beautiful talk!! I love the thematic exploration of Surya Namaskara: a movement mantra. Also loved the reference to Tagore. I have been totally immersed in reading his many many offerings for a few months now. Such a prolific, awakened genius...!
Dear James,  Thank you .... 
I would like to share an experience i had of this beautiful practice . It was a few years ago when I was practicing it regularly and with a lot of attention to detail and  moving slowly with breath awareness . It's a truly beautiful practice and as you say so adaptable.  
I began feeling  the energy moving through the nadis  ida and pingala and  the awareness of this was very definite and organic .   Right foot forward activated the channel at the right side base of spine to Ajna and left foot forward activated the channel from the left side base of spine to Ajna. It unfolded for me as a beautiful experience of whole body Nadi Sodhana . 

Dear James,
Thanks so much for this wonderful illuminating Talk -the opening chants were sublime!
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