A Yogic Salute to Canada Join us for Yoga on Canada Day, July 1

Montreal Times - - News - By Julie Nadler mtl­times.ca

Igrad­u­ated from High school in 1967. The 100th an­niver­sary of Con­fed­er­a­tion. I still re­mem­ber well: I’ve still got the Cen­ten­nial coin all Cana­dian grad­u­ates re­ceived that year; and mem­o­ries of events like EXPO 67, and a sense that I am for­tu­nate to live in one of the great coun­tries of the world (even if it needs lots of work still!).

So th­ese cel­e­bra­tions are im­por­tant. This year marks Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary and we are in an age that clearly needs a lot more of what Canada has, and that we may take for granted. We owe our coun­try lots of crit­i­cism and con­stant vig­i­lance to main­tain its democ­racy and so­cial jus­tice.We can never for­get the in­jus­tices that have oc­curred in its mak­ing (e.g. the res­i­den­tial school sys­tem for na­tive peo­ple).At times like this, how­ever, we can also stand back, ap­pre­ci­ate and cel­e­brate the rea­sons to be proud of our coun­try. To show our pride the yogic way, Yoga on The Park Stu­dio is hold­ing a spe­cial prac­tice of 150 Sun Sa­lu­ta­tions.

What is a sun salu­ta­tion?

Surya Na­maskara or Sun Salu­ta­tion, is a Yoga warm up rou­tine based on a se­quence of grace­fully linked asanas. The San­skrit word na­maskar means "to bow to" or "to adore." Surya refers to the sun as the soul and the source of all life. One of the means of honor­ing the sun is through this dy­namic asana (pos­tures) se­quence.

It is said that the cyclic move­ments of Sun Sa­lu­ta­tions, with con­trolled breath­ing, back bends, for­ward bends, in­vig­o­rat­ing and calm­ing pos­tures, of­fers many health ben­e­fits. Sun Sa­lu­ta­tions are de­signed to make you strong, pow­er­ful, glow­ing, con­fi­dent.

Sun sa­lu­ta­tions are can be mod­i­fied and ad­justed to be ac­ces­si­ble and ap­pro­pri­ate for all ages, body types and lev­els of fitness. They is even a sun salu­ta­tion de­signed to be done sit­ting in a chair.

For spe­cial oc­ca­sions, there is a tra­di­tion of do­ing a set num­ber of sun sa­lu­ta­tions. On my 65th birth­day, friends and I came to­gether to raise money for a woman’s day shel­ter, Chez Doris, by do­ing 65 sun sa­lu­ta­tions. Plus one for luck!

This year 150 sun sa­lu­ta­tions seems ap­pro­pri­ate.

We will do 3 sets of 50 on Satur­day, July 1st: 10-1045; 10:45-11:15; 11:15-12.You could do one set or sign up for all three.This event is free but we ask par­tic­i­pants to do­nate to COM­MU­NITY FOUN­DA­TIONS OF CANADA (http://com­mu­ni­ty­foun­da­tions.ca/our-work/)

Join us for our mu­tual pride in our coun­try and our com­mu­nity.

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