Salute the Sun – 10 Yoga life lessons to celebrate Yoga Day
Sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar – is one of the most essential Yoga sequences. A gentle transition of movements designed to be the best way to welcome a new day.
Sun Salutations - Following a long or short version of this combination of asanas, will work on the body’s major muscle groups, in a balance of strengthening and stretching. Some yogis swear this is the fundamental practice that can help to enjoy all the benefits of Yoga even if the time available isn’t enough for the regular one-hour practice.
The benefits of this single, simple change can represent incredible benefits, according to a study shared by the International Journal of Yoga. For the study, 124 college students were divided into two groups. The first one began to practice the Sun Salutation sequences every day, while the second focus group did not participate in any type of activity or exercise. In just two weeks the study showed that the first group was able to enjoy a quieter mind, a higher ability to focus, reduce stress and a have happier, joyful every day.
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10 yoga teachings to follow for life
As with everything in life, we often experience moments when words don’t portray the full picture. Which is why metaphors are born and pictures claim to be worth 1,000 words.
With the teachings of a discipline as complete and as ancient as Yoga, the lack of words is compensated by the practice. The knowledge gathered by yoga practitioners is a profound source of enlightenment that can shed light on the journey ahead for others.
This is a compilation of mantras, ideas and thoughts from a yogi perspective that offers to change the way we relate to things, consider others and experience our own lives.
#1 On remembering nothing is permanent
“Yoga is the joining of our mind, body and spirit. It is like nature, everything is always recycled and brought full circle. I find that I can heal myself if I do what nature does. It’s taken away stress and has helped me through a crisis.” - Tao Porchon-Lynch
#2 On healing and perseverance
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” - B.K. S Iyengar
#3 On balance and the present moment
“Don’t put too much on your plate! Don’t overeat. Don’t fill your mind with fear.
Tomorrow never comes, don’t procrastinate.”- Tao Porchon-Lynch
#4 On acceptance
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others”- Peace Pilgrim
#5 On the will to evolve
“No one is wise by birth, for wisdom results from one own’s efforts.” – T.
#6 On thankfulness
“The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” – Bhajan
#7 The objective of yoga
“The primary aim of yoga is to free the mind from confusion and distress, and restore the mind to simplicity and peace." - B.K. S Iyengar
#8 On where to find happiness
“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.” - Rumi
#9 On health and happiness
“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun” - B.K. S Iyengar
#10 On success
“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even into your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda
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