Surya Namaskara – an introduction to the Sun Salutation.

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“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….

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