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Yoga Wisdom Teachings: The Sacredness of the Sun Salutation

Yoga Wisdom Teachings: The Sacredness of the Sun Salutation

Surya means, “Sun” in Sanskrit. Surya is the Hindu god of the sun, the source of all life.

The Sanskrit word “Namaskar” stems from namas, which means "to bow" and “kar” which has been derived from the verb “kri” means “to do.” As such, “namaskar” means, “I do the act of saluting or bowing with respect.”

Together, Surya Namaskar means by practicing “I am bowing with respect to the sun, the source of all life, that resides within me.