|Posted by Lisa on June 18, 2021 at 6:05 PM|
Happy Summer Solstice!
The symbolism of the light of the sun goes way back in yoga. You can find the metaphor of light representing the illuminatory power of spiritual awakening dating back thousands of years to the oldest book of Sanskrit called the Ṛg Veda.
It is here we find the words of the sacred Gāyatrī Mantra which calls upon the light to awaken us to our connection to ultimate reality:
tat savitur vareṇiyaṃ
May that one, who gives birth to all
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
with It’s glorious radiance
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
illuminate our meditation
– Rigveda 3.62.10
I share this video, https://youtu.be/SmGQFeDBilI , from my sun salutation course just for you. It is a beautiful way to connect to the light this weekend. (Sanskrit Note: Sanskrit in this form of chanting begs you to get very specific and sometimes everyone can lose their way:) I notice in my short instruction I sound a long "ā" instead of short "a" sound in the word devasya. Try to make those "a" sounds short. When I actually chant it in it's entirety, notice how I shift to the short "a" sound.) The long and short vowels create the specific energy of the mantra as well as align you with the correct meaning and cosmic connection!
Another powerful way to honor the light is with the movements of the sun salutations!
The practice of Sūrya Namaskāra or bowing to the sun in ritual movements becomes structured much later around the 1930’s and is credited to the father of modern physical yoga, T. Kriṣṇamachārya.
Other practices have developed from there adding mantras to these ritual movements so we can taste the light of our own existence. (I offer a course on the Sun Salutations that teach both the movements and the mantras into an incredibly powerful practice: https://sonicblissyoga.teachable.com/p/surya-namaskara-1-2-complete/?preview=logged_out)
The yoga practice is here to bring us back to our natural state that is underlying all things.
This is the light of freedom. This is the light of LOVE. This is the light of transformation AND the light of fullness on earth for all beings.