I am beginning to appreciate fully the simplicity of the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) and the profound effect it has on the body.
Yogamygod! I found a long-forgotten CD that included a version of the Sun Salutation coupled with a meditation and on impulse
I used it for my practice this morning. Such a soothing and flowing series, yet the stretches within my body are deep and full of release. The pull of my hamstrings is achingly sweet this morning and not rusty and crippling as it was earlier in my practice. I am able to exhale and sink into the stretch, feeling my body just…surrender.
My body is clearly defined by the right and the left. My left side is full of tension and locked muscles that are slowly releasing and surrendering. Neck, shoulders, hip, knee and achilles. My right side is far more cooperative.
Ahhhhh. Maybe I’ll do a few more rounds. That was awesome. Right now? I smell a delicious cup of dark roast with a hint of cinnamon calling my name.
The Ashtanga guys and girls seem to have naturally extended Surya Namaskar.
I like what David Swenson has been doing (this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xeWmcXbmBY).
I could let you borrow one of his DVDs sometime if I still have it.
Swenson has a beautiful flow – I’ve seen a lot of practitioners that just seem to float above the mat. What he does though, is beyond the scope of just the “sun salutation” as I understand it. Mine is very rudimentary and basic. Lots of stopping to adjust and modify for different things, and it changes from day to day, based on my fibromyalgia.