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June 19 , 2011

Dynamic Suryanamaskar

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Suryanamaskar, when followed with sincerity, brings the practitioner many benefits at every level of existence. In my first fifteen years of yogic practice it was slow and with a very low number of rounds and level of intensity. In fact I was paying very little attention to Suryanamaskar considering it a rather strange adaptation of an ancient Vedic ritual. My style of hatha yoga practice was that of Swami Kuvalayananda, Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh or the Bihar School of Yoga. I had my share of interesting yogic experiences, but my progress intensified tremendously once one of Swami Muktananda’s devotees persuaded me to try it a different way. That was in 1981. Before that time I was hardly doing any Suryanamaskar rounds, so naturally I was very proud when, after some six months of practice, I reached the level of 216 rounds (108 cycles). At that time I was unaware that a human being could do over a thousand rounds. I already felt the wonderful benefits of having amazing vigour and stamina, which I could test to my heart’s content in the hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. This kind of vigour and enthusiasm I found very useful for meditation.

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