|| In Hindu mythology,
the sun god is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortal life. The Rig
Veda declares, "Surya is the Soul, both of the moving and unmoving
beings". The Sun Salutation originated as a series of prostrations
to the sun. Traditionally, it is performed at dawn, facing the rising sun.
In time, each of the twelve positions came to have its own mantra, celebrating
aspects of the sun's divinity.
The Sun Salutation is a graceful sequence of twelve positions performed
as one continuous exercise. Each position counteracts the one before, stretching
the body in a different way and alternately expanding and contracting the
chest to regulate the breathing. Practiced daily it will bring great flexibility
to your spine and joints and trim your waist. It limbers up the whole body
in preparation for the Asanas (postures).