Surya Namaskar

Author: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri

Revised and Edited: Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Publisher: Divyananda Creations, 2011

About This Book: The oldest form of worship on this planet would have to be the worship of the core of our natural existence, the sun, the great star that centres our galaxy. Therefore the term “Surya Namaskar” in its deepest meaning indicates that the practitioner offers his solemn, reverential respects to the sun as a symbol of the Divine essence of the Universe that guides all sentient beings through the process of their evolution. In more modern times, this ancient ritualistic worship has crystallized into a balanced pattern of movements which has found its way into the Hatha Yoga system. The original book on Surya Namaskar by Dr Swami Gitananda Giri has been revised and edited by Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and will be useful for those wanting to learn more about the origin, benefits as well as the different types of Surya Namaskar. A detailed analysis is given of the Surya Mantras, Aditya Hrudayam and illustrated versions of six different Surya Namaskars are given in detail. There is also a brief overview of the Chandra Namaskar that also found place in the previous edition.The Kshatrian Kriya ‘borrowed’ from the warrior traditions of India is included as it has many movements similar to the Surya Namaksar. The Surya Prana Mudra an excellent Pranayama and Mudra based practice is described as another form of contemplative sun worship while the Jnana Surya Kriya and excellent relaxation practices is described to induce a sense of deep relaxtion through the universal solar energy form of the Divine.

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