“Here comes the Sun and I say it’s alright!” – The Beatles
The Sun Salutation is not as old as I thought. It was thought the innovative work of KV Iyer and T Krishnamacharya in the 1930s that they began to become a staple of a yoga practice.
There are many benefits for doing Surya Namaskara:
- helps group classes breath and move in unison.
- warms up the body
- softens and lengthens the muscles
- opens joints
- links breath to motion
- stimulates the nervous system
With the right planning and an open mind they can become the foundation for a variety of creative sequences that can incorporate most of the asanas.
The 12 asanas in the surya namaskara family are:
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Hand Pose)
- Uttanasana (deep forward fold)
- Ardha Uttanasana (half way standing forward bend)
- Anjaneyasana (low lunge)
- Phalakasana (plank pose)
- Chaturanga Dandasana (four limbed staff pose/low plank)
- Salabhasana (Cobra Pose)
- Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
- Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Dog)
- Ardha Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog)
- Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1 Pose)
There can be dozens of variations of the Surya Namaskara but for the purpose of this blog I will only look at the Classical, A and B in the series.
Next – The Classical Surya Namaskara….