Surya Yantrasana

Sundial/ compass pose.

“A sundial is always in line with the sun as it moves across the sky from high to low, east to west, and so on. It is completely uninterrupted and unremitting in its commitment for that which guides it.” [1]

A compass is meant to direct you to where you want to go.  No matter what route you take, North will always be North.  It is controlled but allows freedom.  This pose specifically is challenging because it forces you to maintain some balance while you fight against your hamstring muscles to settle into a deep stretch.  It is also a heart opener as you turn your chest out, away from your leg to deepen the stretch.  To me, this pose represents the future and direction.  There will be challenges in your path, but its important to follow your heart and trust you will end up where you are meant to be.  And if you don’t end up where you’re meant to be, you get back up, dust yourself off, and find your direction once again.

I recently decided to make it a priority and a goal to follow my dreams.  I let go of the expectations and standards set by others, sat down, and asked myself what I wanted.  At first, I realized I had no idea what I wanted – I just wanted to do what I was supposed to.  When I thought more about the question, I set out a list of goals and planned how I would achieve these goals.  My yoga practice was one of the top goals on my list and it hasn’t been given the time it deserves.  So, I decided my ultimate goal is to pursue a teaching certification this summer which I will then use for various projects which tie back to my other goals.  I applied for a second job here in the city to save money for the training class, researched some work exchange classes to be able to practice in a studio, and committed to dedicating a minimum of one hour per day to my practice.  I can’t wait to see where this yoga practice takes me in the next year!

To learn this pose, click here.

NEW: I filmed a how to for this pose!  Check it out by clicking the image below or clicking here.compass


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