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April 2010 - Page 2 of 9 - Shivaya Naturals — Page 2

April 2010

Salute to The Sun

April 28, 2010

The morning before completing my first yoga teacher training, our class met for a final time to salute the Sun, and one another. One of our instructors guided us through a version of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) using a gorgeous poem to highlight some of the qualities that we were being encouraged to “Take off the mat, and put into action.”

As the boys and I prepare our garden for the bountiful season ahead, we look to the Sun to provide the warmth that we need for our flowers and vegetables to grow. As we continue to move towards the longest day of the year, the boys and I are looking forward to saluting the sun for it’s many gifts and bountiful blessings that it will bestow.

Sun salutations can help us to provide a deep connection to the earth that we inhabit, and can offer a genuine way for both adults and children to express gratitude for all that the earth has given.

In the segment below, Jacob gives us a child’s like take on the Sun Salutations, and just how relaxed we can be while practicing.

I am a mountain strong and steady
Mountain Pos

The Sun The Sun
Arms over head

I salute the Sun

I open my heart
Half Way Up

To everyone
Uttanasana (forward fold)

The Sun Rises
Runner’s Lunge

And the Sun Sets

The Whole World
Knees Down

In my heart rests

Again I arise

Ready to Live
Downward Facing Dog

Happy To Be
Runner’s Lunge

And Ready to Give

The Sun The Sun
Half Way Up

I salute the Sun

I open my heart
Arms over head

To Everyone
Anjali Mudra

Having studied in the hatha and Iyengar tradition of yoga, every practice, every morning beings with the Sun Salutes. It is never mundane or boring, but rather just the perfect way for each day to begin.

As the earth comes into the time of transition between spring and summer, it is also the perfect practice to help children honor the time of deep inner transition that has just come to an end, and the celebration of the endless play in the external world that is just beginning.

Jacob loves to do his sun salutes, and he begged me to let him do the photos instead of me for this post. One thing to note is that Jacob’s posture/position is not what it should be for an adult. To learn more about sun salutations, and to get a more in depth look at what the practice entails, please visit The Yoga Site

The technical difficulties have been slowly improving, but I still do not have an answer for the issue with Intense Debate. My only hope is that the problem gets resolved super quick. Thanks for your patience.

I recently received an email from Storytime Yoga telling me that the above poem was their work. I have a copy of the poem that was given to me in my teacher training in 2000, so I am not sure how that is possible, but I want to make sure that proper citation is given. 



Technical Difficulties

April 27, 2010

I have been having some issues with Blogger over the past few days, to the point of having to delete my post for today, because when it published it did so missing three paragraphs that had been written. I have also been told that it has been hard to leave a comment here over the past few weeks, and I am not sure if that is an issue with Intense Debate, or somehow linked to the same problem with Blogger.

If you have had a problem leaving a comment here recently, I would love to hear what happened. Intense Debate is asking for as much info as posasible to try and help get everything working.

Hopefully we can get a few things back to normal, and I will be able to be back here tomorrow.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday!