Episode: 136

Tracing the Origins of Surya Namaskar with Pradeep Sattwamaya

Surya Namaskar, also known as sun salutations, is such a simple yet daunting topic for a lot of yoga teachers and we as modern practitioners only know it from the lens of it being very physical. I want to be able to have a little more clarity generally about the practice of Surya Namaskar because I feel like it’s become oversimplified in modern-day yoga.

On the show today, I have Pradeep Sattwamaya who was one of my first yoga teachers, someone whom I started practicing asana and did a little bit of my teacher training with, and who’s had a huge impact from a distance on a lot of the yoga that I am practicing today. Pradeep is here to help us trace the origins of Surya Namaskar and its uses in our modern-day yoga.

Pradeep has been doing yoga since he was seven years old. He started learning yoga from his father with just a few simple poses. He’s been teaching and mentoring many yoga students and yoga teachers. A lot of teachers I know are influenced by him.

What I enjoy about Pradeep is not only is he a very simple and humble person, but he also embodies a lot of yoga and makes it very relatable so he can take all these complex aspects of yoga, simplify them, and make them very relatable.

I feel like this is something that we as yoga teachers need to literally sink our teeth into a little bit more so I hope you find this conversation enriching and very helpful!

Surya Namaskar Episode Highlights:

  • How old is the practice of Surya Namaskar?
  • The importance of Hatha yoga
  • What is Chandra Namaskar?
  • Breath practices
  • Supplemental elements in yoga
  • The Origins of Surya Namaskar
  • Classical Surya Namaskar as a physical practice and Vinyasa
  • What type of Surya Namaskar and how many rounds are recommended a day
  • Is Surya Namaskar a moving meditation?

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Pradeep Sattwamaya

Pradeep is the Global Head of Yoga at Shvasa. He is currently pursuing his studies in Yoga texts, Ayurveda and modern Neuroscience. Pradeep successfully built a chain of yoga studios in Bangalore which was later acquired by a major Health/Fitness brand. He currently resides in Mysore, a heritage city with a close connection to Yoga traditions.


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