Yoga for inner exploration: Surya Namaskar, Surya Kriya and Surya Shakti

Surya Namaskara is a refined process which needs enormous attention in terms of the geometry of the body
Surya Shakti is a potent yogic practice of tremendous antiquity, designed as a holistic process for health, wellness, and complete inner well-being

When we say ‘surya’ we are talking about the sun – the basic powerhouse of the planet. Every life on this planet is certainly solar powered. We can either ride this solar cycle or be crushed by this cycle. Solar system is like a mill and everything which happens there has an impact on human being because we are a product of that mighty existence.

The sun, the moon and the planets have a significant role in making this human body. Because we do not recognize the beauty and the efficiency of the process we resist many dimensions of what’s happening with ourselves. Let us demystify surya namaskara, surya kriya and surya shakti.

Surya Namaskara

The word “surya” indicates about the nakshatra “surya” which is the representation of health, prosperity, energy and longevity of life. This sequence of movements and asanas can be practised on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana which incorporates asana, Pranayama, mantra and Chakra meditation. Physical prostration to Sun, showing complete surrender of oneself to God is the main aspect of these procedures. Surya namaskar is a practice which has been handed down from the sages of Vedic times and is an integral part of yogic approach. Surya means ‘sun’ and namaskar means ‘salutation’. So, Surya namaskar means ‘salutation to sun. It can be easily integrated into our daily lives as it require only five to fifteen minutes of practice daily to obtain beneficial results. It is a branch of yoga that concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Through practicing various body postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation, it is believed that one can obtain a calm and peaceful mind. The postural sequences (asanas) purify the physical body, while breath control (pranayama) combined with concentration (dharana) calms the senses (pratyahara), preparing the practitioner for meditation (dhyana) and finally mental fluctuations cease (samadhi). A balanced asana practice is based on ethics (yama) and self-control (niyama). The result is a light and harmonious body, improved energy flow and a calm mind.

Surya Kriya

Surya Kriya is a potent yogic practice of tremendous antiquity, designed as a holistic process for health, wellness, and complete inner wellbeing. “Surya” means “sun,” and “kriya” means “inner energy process.” Surya Kriya activates the solar plexus to raise the samat prana, or solar heat, in the system. It also balances a person’s left and right energy channels, leading to stability of the body and stillness of the mind. This strong foundation becomes the basis to explore higher dimensions of life.

Traditionally available only to select groups of yogis, Surya Kriya is being offered by Sadhguru as a comprehensive spiritual practice that is ideal for the hectic pace of today’s world.

Surya Kriya is a complete spiritual process by itself. It enriches one’s life in many ways:

 Develops mental clarity and focus

 Remedies weak constitutions

 Boosts vigor and vitality

 Balances hormonal levels in the body

 Prepares one for deeper states of meditation

This process of Surya Kriya is to enlarge the cycles of who you are; in such a way that your energy system’s cycles should increase in a way that it becomes exactly the same as the solar cycles, which takes something like twelve years, three months and some few days to complete the cycle. Your system, your energy system should take exactly the same time. If you take the same time, if your cycles are absolutely in sync with the sun, then you will see your system will run without any kind of friction. Whatever kinds of little bit of aberrations that one may be born with, whatever types of aberrations that one might have acquired in the process of living, all these are smoothened out. To bring this state, there are various systems. Surya Kriya is a powerful process in that direction. Regular practice of Surya Kriya offers the possibility to truly transform your life and help you to live life with ease, without friction, enabling you to glide through life. This is all possiblle because of the way Surya Kriya works upon one’s system by activating the solar plexus to raise the solar energy (Samat Prana) within and making a powerful connection with the cycles of the sun.

Surya Shakti

Surya Shakti is an active form of the Sun Salutation. It is an ancient yogic practice which is a powerful sequence of 18 postures. It is designed as a holistic process for great physical fitness. “Surya” means “Sun,” and “Shakti” means “energy”. Surya Shakti cultivates great physical fitness and strength.

Surya Shakti includes several aspects that enrich one’s life:

  • Strengthens the heart
  • Boosts vigor and vitality
  • Improves immunity
  • Strengthens the muscles
  • Tones the digestive system
  • Corrects hormonal imbalances
  • Lubricates the joints
  • Develops mental clarity and focus
  • Remedies weak constitutions

Surya Shakti is a potent yogic practice of tremendous antiquity, designed as a holistic process for health, wellness, and complete inner well-being. “Surya” means “sun,” and “Shakti” means “inner energy.” Surya Shakti activates the solar plexus to raise the samat prana, or solar heat, in the system. It also balances a person’s left and right energy channels, leading to stability of the body and stillness of the mind. This strong foundation becomes the basis to explore higher dimensions of life.

In essence, yoga teaches that Shakti is the energy within everything. And yet, there’s an aspect of Shakti that remains hidden until it is awakened through yoga or some other means: Shakti that specifically governs our spiritual evolution. This aspect of Shakti—sometimes called Antar Shakti (literally, inner Shakti, meaning the aspect of Shakti that specifically opens up the inner world of meditation), Yoga Shakti (because she unfolds the state of union, or yoga, between body, mind and spirit), or Kundalini—is the secret force that evolves your consciousness and opens the doorways into your soul. But here’s the gift: Once your inner Shakti has revealed herself—and most of us sense Shakti for the first time during asana or meditation—she will literally empower any practice, and lend it power. That means any practice—asana, meditation, a creative project, your somatic therapy work, or your doctoral program. That’s when spiritual and creative growth accelerate exponentially. And that’s why learning to tune into your own Shakti is so life-changing.

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