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