Archive for September, 2013

So many readers come to this blog searching for answers on surya namaskar. There is a whole book, a small one, devoted to this series of poses. Surya namaskar, or sun salutations, is one of the most popular flows of yoga asana. There are perhaps as many variations as there are teachers. Many questions come up on how to do this sequence of the traditional 12 poses. Some poses are repeated in the cycle. This can be a complete yoga practice as shown by Surya Namaskara: A Technique of Solar Vitalization by Swami Satyananda.

For the full review please go to http://mahasriyoga.com/bookreviews/SuryaNamaskara.html.

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Free Fall Pictures - Yellow Trees is a printable photo

Source: http://freebigpictures.com/autumn-pictures/fall-yellow-trees/

Spring and autumn are times to reset the body and mind by doing some type of cleanse. This post is about a specific program from www.rebootwithjoe.com developed by Joe Cross (he made the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead). I heard about it from Rajen P. and he has generously shared the information. We have seen how visibly this program has worked. But that does not mean that it is for everyone. As always, please consult your doctor before undertaking a specific diet.

Reboot offers several programs ranging from 3 to 15 days. There is a shopping list for the ingredients, recipes, and a guide to choosing the right juicer. The site also has numerous recipes on soups, salads, smoothies, and main courses. The food is all plant-based–so it is vegan and gluten-free (from what I have seen so far!)

Another good resource from Rajen is Forks Over Knives–a documentary and also a website with tons of recipes.

Some readers may want to review previous blog posts on fall and spring cleaning–these include the digestive and respiratory systems as well as the mind. Here is a link to one:


Guided meditations act as mental diets to nourish and clean the mind. They complement the food diets. There are several free audio tracks on www.mahasriyoga.com/pranayama and www.mahasriyoga.com/meditation/index.html (for Yoga Nidra and Trataka).

Happy Autumn!

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As the days get cooler, it is time to resume the practice of surya namaskar (sun salutations) which may been stopped for hot summers. It is also a good time to review the sequence and move into deeper aspects. A good number of visitors to this website come through the search on this sequence of 12 positions.

For detailed instructions, pretty much a transcript, the chapter on surya namaskar in Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda is an excellent resource. It not only lists benefits, it also gives contraindications. The book Surya Namaskara, also by the same author, expands upon the sequence. It demonstrates how this is a complete practice to which progressive layers can be added.

Readers are cautioned that the practice is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, hernias, and intestinal diseases. Hernias and sciatica can be aggravated. Back issues may require modifications. Past blog posts on this blog are good resources for more information:

Questions on how to practice:



Research on fast and slow surya namaskar:


Surya Namaskar part of fall routine:


One chair yoga version I do with seniors:


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