Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) are a great way to greet the sunrise and to give thanks for yet another opportunity to take part in this LIFE.
They came into the yoga asana practice through the innovative work by K. V. Iyer and T. Krishnamacharya in the 1930s. Sun salutations awaken the entire body, open the joints, soften the muscles and stimulate our neurological, circulatory, and energetic pathways as well as the synchronisation of movement in the breath, body, mind and spirit.
12 asanas to rule them all.
No not really. But this sequence will set up a good foundation to work off of especially if you’re brand new to yoga. Explore your mind, body and breath with this sequence.
For those looking to start a self practice I’d suggest learning the sun salutations and putting them into practise.
Make it your anchor each and every morning.
Begin with 3 rounds if you’re a total beginner or aim for 6 rounds if you’re still feeling good after 3 rounds.
Once you get up to 6 rounds, aim for 10 rounds each morning.
Really connect the breath between asanas as you move through the sequence. Inhaling and exhaling with conscious awareness. Embrace how good it feels to breathe and pay attention to the feelings that arise in the body and observe the thoughts that may come into your mind. Do not run after thoughts, return to the breath and allow them to pass you by.
Sun salutations stimulate circulation and a sense of creative expression as it opens us up to enjoying the simplicity of the flow and the flavor of creative energy as we move.
Have you heard of sun salutations before? Comment below if you incorporate them in your daily life.
If you’re a complete beginner let me know in the comment section.