Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)

Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practising and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practioner.

ASANA

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations)

WHERE

One of the most commonly used sequences as it can easily be varied and practised at home. It is generally a sequence of 8 to 12 poses which include beginning in a standing position, move into a forward bend, come to a plank position, move into upward facing dog, followed by downward facing dog, then coming back through a standing forward bend to return to the first standing

BENEFITS

This sequence contains several different poses which can easily be varied to suit varying injuries and situations. It is a great sequence for beginners, or those seeking more flexibility, as well as useful as a warm up for the body before moving into your <i>asana</i> practice. It regulates the breath and focusses the mind

CAUTION

General caution should be taken if suffering from high blood presure orĀ  lower back injuries when moving into upward facing dog in particular

MEANING

Surya Namaskar is generally translated as Sun Salutations. Namaskar stems from namas, which means “to bow to” or “to adore”.