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Surya Namaskar sequence

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Surya Namaskar is the famous Sun Salutation exercise of yoga. Traditional Surya Namaskar is a combination of movement and stretching asanas, combined with breathing pranayama, yoga bija mantras, chakra concentration, and bhakti devotion. Surya Namaskar was developed as a complete spiritual practice that integrates every major system of yoga. Surya Namaskar is considered by many experts to be the most complete exercise in the world.

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Kundalini Maha Yoga – Hita Nadi connects to the Sun

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In his book Shakti: An Introduction to Kundalini Maha Yoga, Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas briefly mentions that the human being is connected to the sun via the energy channel called the Hita nadi. Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas was a Kundalini Yoga master who performed miracles and lived to the age of 116.

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Cats doing Sun Yoga

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To open widen our smiles and open our hearts, Sunlightenment presents a photo gallery of cats doing Sun Yoga, sun bathing, and Sun Gazing.  For when you feel like you are the only person you know looking at the sun, let these photos remind you that all of the natural world practices Sun Yoga.

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What If? The movie features Sun Yogis HRM and Uma Sankar

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What If? The Movie focuses on humanity’s truly unlimited potential, while show-casing extraordinary ideas and people from around the globe. Featuring sun gazers Hira Ratan Manek (HRM) and Uma Sankar, and 31 other extraordinary people.

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Awakening to the Sun: The Gayatri Mantra

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The Gayatri Mantra is considered to be the holiest verse of the Vedas. It describes the bhargah (the solar spirit), who is the essence of Savitri (the solar being), who is yet the inner identity of Surya (the sun). The Gayatri Mantra as a prayer is a petition to the infinite light of pure consciousness. This article by Yoga + Joyful Living magazine clearly explains the meaning and significance of the Gayatri Mantra.

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Here Comes the Sun: Surya Namaskar (1 of 2)

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That most familiar of asana sequences, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is as rich in symbolic and mythic overtones as it is in physical benefits. Part 1 of this article in Yoga Journal magazine shares the History and Practice of Surya Namaskar.

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Surya Namaskara by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (video)

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Swami Satyananda Saraswati has written an extensive book on the practice of Surya Namaskar, the yoga Sun Salutation. This book teaches the complete Surya Namaskar technique, including the correct sequence of asanas, breathing pranayama, concentration locations, mantra, and bandhas. The inner meaning / esoteric science of Surya Namaskar is also explained. This book is highly recommended by Sunlightenment to deepen your Sun Yoga spiritual practice and improve your health.

Included in this post is a video example of the Surya Namaskar yoga practice, including the sacred bija mantras for each asana movement.

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Sun Yoga for Body, Mind and Soul – online course at New Wisdom University

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In this four week course, learn the history of Sun Yoga, the science of sunlight and the human body, and techniques to utilize sunlight energy in the human body.

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Surya Ayurveda: The Healing Science of the Sun

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The healing science of the Sun is one of the oldest sciences and medicines on this planet. This article teaches Surya Ayurveda – the healing science of the Sun. Read quotes from India’s oldest spiritual, health, medicine and religious books: the Vedas and learn how you can use the Sun (Surya) for your healing.

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Looking Sun in the eyes

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Suryamahayogi Amaranand Ram Ram constantly gazes at the Sun from morning to evening without blinking his eyelids.  He claims to be the only one to be gifted with this divine power from the Sun-god for he had chanted 40 lakh Ram mantras for over six months in the Himalayan valley. 

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We come from the Sun, We return to the Sun

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In his Coast to Coast AM radio interview, psychologist Christopher Holmes discusses his “most mind-boggling” subject – that humans beings are spiritual beings that come from the sun and return to the sun at death.

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Suryayog the Panacea

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“The human body is not mere flesh and bones but also has electromagnetic dust, where rays from the Sun (Surya) can cause positive vibrations to balance the body, mind and spirit naturally. [The] human body is a gigantic Atomic Reactor and a moving Power House. Brain is the Generator and heart is the Transmitter”.

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Om is the essence of the evolutionary solar energies

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Swami Nirmalananda Giri teaches us many ancient yoga secrets in his book Om Yoga – Its Theory and Practice. In the section called “Om is the essence of the evolutionary solar energies”, Swami Nirmalananda Giri references the ancient spiritual texts of Inida, the Upanishads, to teach us that “Sunlight is the radiant form of Om, so the sun initiates the entire solar system into Om. Human beings are solar creatures, therefore to intone Om is the most natural thing they can do. The japa and meditation of Om aligns us with the solar powers that are Om and thereby greatly increase our life force and the evolution of all the levels of our being.”

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Surya by Sri Chinmoy (part 1)

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This article by Sri Chinmoy shares the Hindu teachings on Surya, the Sun god, found in the Vedas and Upanishads of India.  Part 1 shares India’s teachings on Surya, the sun god and the spiritual sun that exists within each person.

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What’s a Chakra? Part 1

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Marla Hoover writes a concise, information-packed article explaining the 7 energy centers in the body called Chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates into wheel or disk and refers to the psychic energy centers in the body that supply the energy for the body to function. Did you know that the energy for the chakras comes from sunlight?

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Outer and Inner Sun Meditations

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“We meditate upon the supreme effulgence of the Divine Creative Sun, that she may give impulse to our intelligence.” Wendell E. Wilkinson provides two meditations to connect more strongly to the powerful energy of the Sun – allowing the infinite intelligence of the Sun to illuminate your mind and heart.

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The Energy-giving Sun as Protector and Sustainer

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The Times of India interviewed Swami Surya Jowel, one of India’s most famous sun gazers.  Swami Surya Jowel was asked about to compare religion and spirituality, how to achieve spiritual realisation, the importance of Suryayog, and the naure of Surya or the Sun.

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Agnya Chakra – Light of Love

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This article from Light of Love: Sahaja Yoga Meditation News teaches about the significance of the Agnya (Ajna) Chakra and Jesus Christ. Learn how Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Agnya (Ajna) Chakra, which corresponds to the Sun – evidenced from early depictions of Jesus Chirst in religious artwork and the significance of the dates of his life. Learn how the Agnya (Anja) Chakra works with sunlight to create the spiritual change that Jesus Christ embodied.

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Surya by Sri Chinmoy (part 3)

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This article by Sri Chinmoy shares the Hindu teachings on Surya, the sun god, found in the Vedas and Upanishads of India.  Part 3 discusses the famous Gayatri Mantra – a prayer to Surya, the sun god, for spiritual purification and enlightenment.

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Yoga Plus – Candlelight Insight

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The Hatha Yoga practice of trataka is a simple technique that has a purifying, invigorating effect on the mind and improves concentration, paving the way for a deeper meditation practice. Trataka also nourishes the subtle flame at the navel center, promoting vitality and inner health. In its more advanced form, as the Himalayan master Swami Rama said, “The practice of trataka eventually merges into surya sadhana, meditation on the solar energy.” Learn more about this power solar energy technique taught by Swami Rama in this Yoga Plus article.

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Sun Yoga and its Healing Aspects

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Qigong master Richard B. Serrano shares the health benefits of sunlight and Sun Yoga practice in this article from Your Spiritual Revolution eMagazine.

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