Living on this Earth, we all know that the sun, well, he is everything. He is our life force and he is what keeps us (and all living things) alive. I truly feel that the sun’s importance in this world is one topic that universally binds us all: regardless of what language you speak or culture you come from: the purely logical scientist is going to defend the sun as strongly as the hippy yogi who dances Sun Salutations every morning.
Science has proved that the winter time blues are real: seasonal depression affects many people. There is an energy of the light of the sun that fulfills us and makes us feel happier on days that are bright than days that are gray.
“Atapa Snana” is the yogic phrase for the healing science of sun bathing. Ancient yogis and civilizations throughout time have honored the sun and its healing benefits against numerous illness, mentally and physically, inspiring us to (no pun intended) shine and be our brightest self.
The answer for the logical scientist:
The sun’s rays:
Lower blood pressure
Cleanse the blood and blood vessels
Increase Oxygen content in human blood
Feed humans Vitamin D
The answer for the hippie yogi:
Human beings learn from example, and so being in the presence of a big, bright ball of light will only remind you that you are that too.
Everything is energy: when you’re in the dark, you will take on that energy. When you are in the light, you will be light. Light is freedom and from freedom comes happiness and health.
We are particulars made up of light: hanging with the light will remind you of all tht you are and from that memory comes bliss.
If you live in the part of the hemisphere of the world where it is wintertime, you may be missing the sun and his bright, inspiring (both scientifically and spirituality) energy. This is the reason why the founder of San Diego Yoga Festival, Shawna Schenk, decided to offer a 4-day yoga festival in sunny California in the middle of winter.
San Diego is sunny most of the year, and while others throughout the world may be shoveling snow or bundled in coats and hats, San Diego is still shining bright. The anticipated temperature for the weekend of the festival is bright and sunny in the high 60’s. Shawna wanted to share all that is the gift of the yoga and do it under our burning sun which is a frequent gift in her home town of San Diego.
Come get solar powered feeling the spiritual and scientific benefits of father Sun during the San Diego Yoga Festival. Classes will be held indoors and outdoors on the beach and at one of the most epic places in the world to watch the sunset, Sunset Cliffs. Classes will even be in the ocean with offerings of surf and swimming classes in the Pacific.
Your 1 or 3 day ticket gets you access to nonstop classes (over 120 of them); you can also enjoy post conferneces taught on Monday on Sunset Cliffs led by master teachers. Yoga festival’s always attract mindful and sunny people, so come ready to soak in the positive vibes and rays of sunny people as well. To encourage you more to walk away from the cold and hop on a plane, Shawna is offering you a ticket to the sun for $108 off: use promo code YogaDigest to claim this present.
Shawna Schenk, the founder of San Diego Yoga Festival and co-creator, is a San Diego yoga teacher, Reiki master, author, and spiritual activist leading classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, and festivals throughout North America.. She has created a 7 teacher trainings and authored a number of books including “Yoga for Teens”. She has also founded the first free beach yoga movement in San Diego providing free yoga to her community (www.facebook.com/sdoutdooryoga) in three different beach towns, every day, sometimes offering up to 3 classes a day.