SURYANAMASKAR First, the asanas are described then, the mantras and meditations associated
First, the asanas are described
then, the mantras and meditations
associated with each asana
In this way, Suryanamaskar becomes
more than a series of physical 'exercises'
and assumes symbolic/solar significance.
1. Stand with spine straight, feet close together, palms
together in Anjali mudra ("Namaste" gesture), face turned slightly
upward. Inhale. Exhale.
2. Inhale as you bring arms upward, in a "V" around your
head. Stretch backward, arching back as far as is comfortable with
abdominal & buttock muscles contracted.
3. Exhale as you bend forward, keeping head between arms.
Keep your knees straight, bend from the waist. Palms on floor to
sides of feet. Relax neck and shoulders (if you can't stretch all
the way forward at first, as far as you're able).
4. Inhale. Bend knees, lift head so that chin points toward
ceiling. Stretch your right leg back, right knee on the floor,
palms flat on either side of left foot.
5. *Retain* the breath, as you stretch your left leg back.
Toes on floor, legs and body straight--similar to a "push-up"
6. Lower body to the floor. Contract abs and raise stomach--
your forehead, chest, knees and toes will be in contact with the
7. Inhale up into bhujangasana--Cobra posture. Palms flat on
floor, elbows slightly bent, chin pointing upward, spine arched as
far as comfortable.
8. Exhale as you lock chin to chest and rise up with palms
and feet flat on the floor, bent at hip--your body and the floor
form a shape similar to a triangle.
9. Inhale, bend knees, stretch right leg back so that right
knee and toes are on floor (similar to #4, but opposite leg).
Palms flat on either side of left foot, chin pointing upward.
10. Exhale as you bring right leg forward. Feet together,
palms flat on either side of feet. Straighten legs so that you're
bent from the hip as in #3. Relax neck and shoulders.
11. Inhale, straighten body, keeping arms in "V" around head.
Stretch up and arch back, as in #2.
12. Exhale. Straighten spine. Bring palms together in Namaste.
1. While in first position, try to "feel" the solar energy,
or the light of the sun, pervading you entirely. The Mantra is:
"Aum Adi Deva Namah." Adi Deva means, literally, "first god" or
"first consciousness of one's divinity." The position, standing
straight, facing the sun, hands in Namaste position, represents
Purusa, the "pure spirit." (All the mantras should be "said"
silently, but "vibrated" as though spoken aloud.)
Pronunciation: Ahhhhh-Ooooo-Mmmmmmmm AH-dih Deh-vuh. (Roughly).
2. As you inhale, consciously 'feel' the vital energy filling
you. The backward bend is symbolic of one side illuminated, the
other side shadowed; as the sun illuminates one-half of the earth
while the other remains in darkness; as the soul begins to come
into a deeper, but still incomplete awareness of Its divinity.
Mantra: Aum Jata Veda Namah. Jata Veda being the wisdom of the
Vedas. Aum Juh-Tta Veh-Dah Nah-Mah.
3. As you exhale, the primal creative force is represented by
your outbreath. You touch the ground, symbolic of the 'creation'
of the earth, matter, the incarnated self. Mantra: Aum Jyoti Mey
Linga Namah. Oyeah, I forgot: Namah means both 'name' and
'salutation.' The linga/lingam is the male organ, the symbol of
Siva, and the symbol of pure consciousness. Jyoti Mey is pure
light or pure 'matter'. The two together represent the male and
female creative powers. Consciousness has entered matter. Aum JYO-
ttee May Lihn-GAH Nah-Mah.
4. Your foot is on the ground, but not your knee! You immerse
yourself deeply in the union of matter and consciousness, while
turning your face to the sun. Mantra: Aum Devya Swarupa Namah.
Devya is YOUR divinity, or divinity personified in YOU. Swarupa is
"form" You recognize your "divine form" although not fully
'feeling' it yet. Aum Deh-VAH-yuh Svah-ROO-puh Nah-Mah.
5. With your body in a straight line, hands and feet on
floor, you represent a 'bridge' between the smallest atom and the
whole of the Aethyr (micro & macro). Mantra: Aum Ansu Namah.
Ansu=smallest particle of matter. Aum Uhn-SHOO Namah.
6. The position represents VIBRATION and ACTION. You are the
embodiment of Sakthi! Aum Rajaguna Rupa Namah. Raja=supreme,
royal. Rajas=energy, activity. Raja and Rajas are both implied.
Rupa means both 'form' and 'beauty.' Also both are implied. Gunas
are states of being or feeling the Self. You express your
embodiment as Sakthi, the energy that must unite with pure
consciousness, and the Beauty within that state. Aum RAH-zhuh-GOO-
nuh ROO-puh Namah.
7. Cobra position. You rise to face the sun and bend
backwards, having glimpsed your immortal form. Mantra: Aum Amrita
Swarupa Namah. Amrita is 'life-giving nectar'; it's also
'immortality.' Your form is immortal; you have the power to give
life, you are inspired! Aum Ahm-RITT-uh Namah.
8. You rise up while looking down; forming another bridge,
between the conscious realm (symbolized by looking down at the
earth) and the realm of the 'absolute.' Again, this is
micro/macro, but from a different perspective: dove rather than
serpent. Mantra: Aum Usra Swarupa Namah. Ushas=Dawn;
Ush=the warmth produced by the first light of Dawn. Usra=the
experience of the warmth and the glimpse. You simultaneously
assume the form of the experience and the experiencer! Aum OOSH-
9. Similar to position 4, but this time you're immersing
yourself in consciousness rather than matter. Mantra: Aum Hiran
Mey Namah! Hiran=gold, golden. Hiran Mey=Pure Gold; that which
endures beyond enduring; that which IS. Aum Hih-Runn May Namah.
10. Similar to position 3 but "expiring" rather than
"creating"-- the the destruction of that which is not Pure Gold or
Pure Self. You submit to your Self, you bow to your Self! Mantra:
Aum Akasa Vihari Namah. Aum Ah-KAH-shah Vih-HAH-ree Namah.
Akasa=aethyr; also radiant "inner" aethyr. Vihari=void, cave. As
the bullshit dies, you embody pure, radiant aethyr.
11. Similar to position 2, but joy and divinity are now
illumined, the remainder shadowed. Breathe in--you have 'given
birth to' that which endures! Mantra: Aum Adi Teya Namah. Adi
Teya=the first 'offspring' of divinity. Aum AH-dih Teh-YUH Namah.
12. Return to first position. The cycle completed. Mantra: Aum
MahaVisnu Namah. Maha=great. Visnu=god who represents the
principle of preservation (as Brahma is creation and Siva
destruction/transcendence). You preserve the purity of Self that
remains after the cycles of creation and
destruction represented in 2 through 11. Aum MAH-huh VIHSH-nooh
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