The Sun. The center of our universe. The giver of energy. The source of light. And a million more things that I can't describe right now, because it's really a million things. Without the Sun, there's so much that wouldn't exist right now.
He is called by many names--The Friend, The Nourisher, The Changer, The Affectionate One, The God of Gods, The Producer of Everything, The Lustrous One--just to name a few.
In Yoga and Ayurveda, the Sun represents more than just the things above. The body wouldn't exist without the balance of Solar and Lunar energies. Every body has both energies that flow in harmony with each other. The solar side of our bodies helps us regulate our masculine energy. Think of all that entails with that. The strength and passion lies in the Solar side; the dedication and commitment we have in our life comes from this side.
The Solar side controls the right side of our body (and the Lunar the left). Like the Sun, without a properly flowing Solar side, our bodies wouldn't be able to function to its max capacity.
And, just as the Sun imbibes all of the qualities of life-giving, energy, and all the amazing things--we must realize that all of that is within us as well.
As the Sun brings on the new day, it is important that we honor it with everything that we have, because without the Sun, there is not much left. With the Sun representing many of the physical aspects of our body, what better way to honor the Sun with our bodies? Sun Salutations (or surya namaskar) is one way in which we can honor the Sun for all it does for us.
It's best to practice Sun Salutations at the break of dawn, rising our bodies with the rising Sun. When you are practicing these poses, be sure to be facing the rising sun (remember--the first rays of light are a great source of Vitamin D for us).
Let us honor the Sun and show Him our grace. He truly is a close friend to us all.
See the download link below to see the steps for a traditional Surya Namaskar!
"The day will be what you make it. So RISE, like the Sun and burn."