Beauty In Symmetry - Yoga's Palindrome - Surya Namaskara

Beauty In Symmetry – Yoga’s Palindrome – Surya Namaskara

Week two of my internship on the yoga 200 HR RYT with Shades of Yoga in Bali and the students are starting to dip into self practice and practice teaching with Surya Namaskara A and Surya Namaskara B (sun salutation A and B).  One of the comments I hear most is “how am I going to remember this sequence?”. 

Now there are a few basic tips that go a long way:


Get it into your own body  

Self practice is key.  Practice it to the point of cellular memory!  Then practice it some more.

Practice teaching, practice, practice, practice

Use a friend.  Use your pet.  Use anything.  My personal favourite, and go to, is an inanimate object (George my knitted bear wallet – yes I said knitted bear wallet), place it on your mat, use your imagination and talk George through the sequence.  He loved it!  Best student ever and he absolutely rocked savasana!

While cellular memory and practice teaching are crucial, let’s also throw something fun into the mix and geek out a bit with some logic puzzle based fun!

Surya Namaskara A and B are palindromes!! Now most people reading that last statement will react by saying that did not make it one bit easier to remember and I’m not grasping the fun yet!  Patience grasshopper, keep reading.

What is a palindrome?

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or sequence of characters which reads the same backwards or forwards.  

Palindromes are beautiful.  They are found in words such as kayak, madam, mom, dad.  Fun phrases like “Live on time, emit no evil”.  Sure that phrase doesn’t make much sense, but it is a palindrome!  But the real beauty comes in all of the ways palindromes are found in nature and life.  The examples are endless; mathematics, acoustics, classical music, biological structure like our DNA (Wikipedia link).

  • Surya Namaskara A
    The one trick to making this work is treating Chaturanga / Up Dog / Down Dog as one unit of the sequence.  Is that cheating?  I say no.
  • Mountain – Tadasana
  • Hands above head – Urdhva Hastasana
  • Forward Fold – Uttanasana
  • Half Lift – Ardha Uttanasana
  • Chaturanga
  • Up Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • Down Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Half Lift – Ardha Uttanasana
  • Forward Fold – Uttanasana
  • Hands above head – Urdhva Hastasana
  • Mountain – Tadasana
  • Surya Namaskara B
  • Mountain – Tadasana
  • Chair – Utkatasana
  • Forward Fold – Uttanasana
  • Half Lift – Ardha Uttasana
  • Chaturanga
  • Up Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • Down Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Warrior I – Virabhadrasana I
  • Chaturanga
  • Up Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • Down Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Warrior I – Virabhadrasana I
  • Chaturanga
  • Up Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • Down Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Half Lift – Ardha Uttanasana
  • Forward Fold – Uttanasana
  • Chair – Utkatasana
  • Mountain – Tadasana

 

Symmetry in Yoga

It is no surprise that there is symmetry in yoga.  Yoga, after all, is all about balance.  

We strive to balance the gross anatomy of the body; left and right, external (lateral) and center (medial), top (superior) and bottom (inferior), deep (organs) and superficial (skin), sympathetic (for fight or flight) and parasympathetic (for relaxation and base bodily functions) nervous systems.

We strive to balance the mind; left and right brain, yin and yang.

We strive to balance energy; yin and yang, nadis, chakras.

Next time you are on your mat, in meditation, pranayama go on and find the symmetry in your practice.

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Shades of Yoga is a RYT 200 and 300 internationally recognised (Yoga Alliance) yoga teacher training company running year-round yoga teacher training courses in Bali and Costa Rica.

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