You’ve heard your yoga teacher say it hundreds of times: “link your movement with your breath.” This key mantra in the yoga practice is crucial to letting the prana, the breath, the life force soften into our bodies and minds.
Surya Namaskara A
This mantra in motion combines the breath and movement of Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara A with a mantra to keep your yoga practice flowing.
First off, how do you do Surya A?
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During a beautiful vinyasa practice at Power Yoga East, a donation-based studio with floors that seem to vibrate with the light tapping of Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire (who used to practice in the airy, second-story space), I set my intention: “I can give more.” I have to admit, it was a cop out, a way not to choose which family member was more deserving of my dedication: one who is quitting chewing tobacco or one who is home on bed rest. Yet the mantra proved to be an encouraging one, allowing me to reflect on the ways I can give, to myself, to my work, to my life, to those I love, and to those I encounter, regularly or not.
Finding myself with an afternoon hour to spare between work and class, I decided to crack open my favorite yoga DVD, by my gurus, Tracy Rich and Ganga White of White Lotus. Though I hadn’t followed the Total Yoga: The Flow Series “Fire” practice in quite some time, the DVD is one I’ve gravitated toward since I started doing it about seven years ago.
Hang out with this mantra from Ganga White. (Photo Courtesy White Lotus Foundation)
A mantra from my guru, Ganga White:
“What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the earth
If forests were our church
If holy water – the rivers, lakes, and oceans
What if meditation was our relationships
If the Teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being?”
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