Surya Namaskar Mantras

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The Surya Namaskar Mantras are a collection of 12 verses to be recited whilst practicing Surya Namaskar. Sanskrit for 'Sun Salutations', Surya Namaskar is a sequence of 12 poses, each flowing from one to the next. Sun Salutations are the foundation of any well-rounded yoga practice, particularly used as a preliminary warm-up for more challenging or long-held asana.

Each of the 12 Surya Namaskar Mantras pairs with each of the 12 poses, and can be chanted audibly or mentally whilst practicing. These mantras add a profound spiritual element to the practice, whilst simultaneously slowing down the pace to bring more awareness to the mind-body-breath connection.

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The 12 mantras should be paired with the poses of Surya Namaskar A, as follows:

  1. Asana: Pranamasana (Prayer Pose)
    Mantra: Om Mitraya Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the Friend of all."

  2. Asana: Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Arms Pose)
    Mantra: Om Ravaye Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the Shining One."

  3. Asana: Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)
    Mantra: Om Suryaya Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the One who induces activity."

  4. Asana: Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose)
    Mantra: Om Bhanave Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to He who illuminates."

  5. Asana: Kumbhakasana (Plank Pose)
    Mantra: Om Khagaya Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to He who moves quickly through the sky."

  6. Asana: Ashtanga Namaskara (Eight-Limbed Salutation or "Knees Chest Chin")
    Mantra: Om Pushne Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the Giver of Strength."

  7. Asana: Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
    Mantra: Om Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the golden cosmic Self."

  8. Asana: Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
    Mantra: Om Marichaye Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the Lord of the Dawn."

  9. Asana: Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose)
    Mantra: Om Adityaya Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the son of Aditi, the cosmic Mother."

  10. Asana: Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)
    Mantra: Om Savitre Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the Lord of Creation."

  11. Asana: Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Arms Pose)
    Mantra: Om Arkaya Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to He who deserves praise."

  12. Asana: Pranamasana (Prayer Pose)
    Mantra:
    Om Bhaskaraya Namaha
    Meaning: "Salutations to the One who leads to enlightenment."

Reciting these mantras whilst practicing Surya Namaskar creates a balanced flow of pranic energy within the body, providing a sense of internal harmony. The soothing vibration of these mantras may even relieve fatigue, giving you renewed energy for the day ahead.

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