saluting the sun.


with hands in prayer i face the sun, feeling love and joy in my heart.
i reach out and let the sun fill me with warmth.
i bow before the sun's radiance and place my face to the ground in humble respect.
i lift my face to the sun and then remember, to achieve such heights,
i must be as the dust of the earth.
i stretch up toward its light trying to reach the greatest heights, and again surrender.
i stand tall as i remember the true sun is within me.


i see this poem hanging on the wall every day i walk into yogabody studio, where i practice yoga several times a week. most days i don't stop to read it line by line, but the other day i gave a copy of this poem to my sister, which is from the himalayan institute, for her to hang on her wall, and i found myself reading it, and appreciating it all over again.

the photo above is of my sister's good friend, ashley, who teaches ashtanga yoga up in vermont. when i came across this picture of her, it seemed so fitting to post along with the poem, and she so graciously accepted my request to post it here to share with you. enjoy and namaste my friends!


  1. I was just thinking about this poster and if you have a copy for yourself?

    On Mothers Day all I was craving to do was yoga...so after over a year of not practicing I went to a class. I have gone to the studio 3x's this past week and I can not wait to go tomorrow...awwww I just love love love yoga!!! All I keep asking myself is why did I stop going???

  2. mandy - i'm so happy that you took a class on mother's day! you so deserve that time for yourself. there's nothing better than laying in savasana...at peace with yourself and the world. we have to take a class together soon. maybe in the cape? xoxo

  3. beautiful photo! i love the print hanging in my studio! a very lovely & thoughtful yogini gave it to me tied with a note which said "for your OWN studio someday!" i appreciate it every day. xoxo

  4. That is a lovely photo, and I do like that poem - apart from the prayer bit, but never mind.

  5. that picture "touching the sun" is exotically hot!