Speaking of Tapas...
It's no secret that I don't tolerate the cold well. Even on the hottest days of summer, I'm toting around a cardigan just in case it gets chilly in the evening and to shield myself from overactive air conditioning when I'm inside.
As much as I love the fall, I dread the cold weather! This is the time of year when I'm ready to spend the bulk of my days bundled under blankets and cats, drinking tea until spring comes again. Of course, I have a life to live, so I have to get moving at some point. I have to generate my own heat, and the best way for me to do that is with some sun salutations!
The origins of Surya Namaskara, or Sun Salutations, can be traced back to the Vedas, the oldest texts in the Hindu tradition. While there's no telling exactly how sun salutations were executed in the past, we do know that traditionally they were part of a daily routine that a practitioner would execute to prostrate before God and seek well-being. In short, people would do sun salutations to feel good and start the day off in a positive way! To this day, the physical practice is often accompanied with the recitation of mantras, although the specific mantras and execution may vary from region to region.
In the modern practice of yoga, we'll most often see in yoga classes sun salutations derived from the Ashtanga tradition. I like to mix it up, so I'm going to devote this week to sharing a few different sun salutation practices that will help warm you up and brighten your day! Stay tuned!