Surya Namaskar Origins

Surya Namaskar Origins

Surya Namaskar Origins

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Surya Namaskar is a Yoga series. The practice supports development of the koshas, or temporal sheaths, of the subtle body.

Vedic origins

There are numerous references of praising the Sun for the purpose of good health and prosperity, in Vedas. Some of these Vedic hymns were incorporated into Nitya Vidhi (Daily mandatory routine for a Hindu) for the well being of an individual, through salutations to the Sun. These daily procedures were termed as Surya Namaskara (literally translates as "sun salutations"). Physical prostration to Sun, showing complete surrender of oneself to God, is the main aspect of these procedures. The forms of Surya Namaskar practiced vary from region to region. Two such popular practices are Trucha Kapla Namaskarah and Aditya Prasna, discussed below.

Trucha Kalpa Namaskarah

Trucha Kalpa Namaskarah has its origins in Rig Veda.. Each Mantra in Veda is called a “rucha”. Group of three rucha is called as Trucha. “Trucha Kalpa Namaskarah” is a method of performing Surya Namaskar using three ruchas from the Veda.

Sankalp

You make a resolution in the beginning, that you are doing this act of performing ‘sūrya namaskār’ by praying to the Sun, requesting him to give you good health and strength to work hard.

dhyāna mantra

Then dhyāna mantra is recited / chanted.

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“Always worship ‘The Sun’ (our...
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