Solstice Sun Salutations With Mantras

Have your sun salutations become so routine, that you’re repeating them like an automaton? The winter or summer solstice is the perfect time to remove the robot from your Surya Namaskar and revisit this ancient ritual of greeting the sun.

On the solstice, celebrate the dawn of a new day, and choose to do a sun salutation sequence where the sun is symbolic of the light within you. In essence, this sequence of yoga poses is a humble adoration of our higher wisdom. When we do each pose with this devotional approach, we are reminded of just how precious each day is.

Below is some inspiration for practising one of the traditional 12-step sun salutation sequences, choosing a devotional mantra to the sun for each pose.

Enjoy! (And see here for an interesting summer solstice article I found, on celebrating the light of consciousness within).

  1.  Tadasana (Mountain Pose).  Mantra: Om Mitraya Namaha (Salutations to the friend of all).Solstice-Sunrise

  2.  Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute).  Mantra: Om Ravaya Namaha (Salutations to the shining one).Solstice-Sunrise

  3.  Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend). Mantra: Om Suryaya Namaha (Salutations to the dispeller of darkness, the beautiful Light).Greet-the-Sun

  4.  Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge). Mantra: Om Bhanave Namaha (Salutations to the one who illumines, the bright one).Solstice Sunrise

  5.  Phalankasana (Plank Pose). Mantra: Om Khagaya Namah (Salutations to the one who is all-pervading, who moves through the sky).Solstice-Sunrise

  6.  Ashtanga Namaskara (Knees-Chest-Chin Pose). Mantra: Om Pushne Namah (Salutations to the giver of strength).solstice-sunrise

  7.  Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose). Mantra: Om Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha (Salutations to the golden, cosmic Self).Beach-Sunrise

  8.  Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog). Mantra: Om Marichaye Namaha (Salutations to the Lord of the dawn).Solstice-Sunrise

  9.  Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge). Mantra: Om Adityaya Namaha (Salutations to the son of Aditi, the cosmic Mother).solstice-sunrise-beach

  10.  Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend). Mantra: Om Savitre Namaha (Salutations to the one who is responsible for life).Sunrise-paddle-board

  11.  Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute).  Mantra: Om Arkaya Namaha (Salutations to the one who is worthy of praise and glory).Sunrise-beach-walk

  12.  Pranamasana (Prayer Pose). Mantra: Om Bhaskaraya Namaha (Salutations to the Source that leads to enlightenment).Sunrise heart cloud

All photos were taken at sunrise in Delray Beach, Florida, where every day is a beautiful celebration on the beach 🙂

The yoga poses I used are a fairly traditional Surya Namaskar sun salutation sequence, but there are many variations. How do you practice sun salutations and what is your favorite sequence?


About Yogaressa

My yoga practice has brought me more awareness of how I live my life, kept me sane during insane times, and provided endless opportunities for discovery, gratitude and joy. I see yoga as a way for anyone to reach their full potential and I'm inspired and humbled by the positive impact of my Yoga Nidra work.
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2 Responses to Solstice Sun Salutations With Mantras

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh, what a lovely post. The pictures are quite inspiring and I love the step by step walk through of the Sun Salutation. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yogaressa says:

      You’re so welcome! It can be uplifting to match each step of the Sun Salutations with a positive affirmation, and these traditional mantras are a beautiful way of doing that. Enjoy!


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