Surya Namaskara: great pose or door to false worship?

Because it seems the trial over yoga in Encinitas public schools is hinging a bit on Surya Namaskara — and whether a bunch of impressionable kids are worshiping the Hindu sun god — I thought it timely that David Garrigues would post something about his experience with this fundamental pose / sequence of poses. From his Tumblr (also, I think, on his Facebook page):

Surya Namaskara is in many ways the most perfect and complete mind body experience of all. On the physical level every muscle group receives action and release, strengthening and lengthening, healthy interaction between agonist and antagonist muscle groups. The movements and positions of Surya Namaskara are basic, relatively simple to perform and accessible to nearly anyone regardless of age, fitness level or even weight.

You can also begin to learn Surya Namaskara even if you are not currently exercising and are out of shape. By moving through just nine positions you can begin to improve the range of motion of your joints, strengthen and tone virtually every muscle group in the body, cleanse the organs and thus improve the function of all the major systems of the body including circulatory, digestive, endocrine, nervous, skeletal, and respiratory.

Find out just how long that was his sole asana practice and more. Check the link.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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