Sun Salutation

Sun Salutation

 

Sun Salutation is a sequence of postures coordinated with the breath which help warm the body in preparation for other, deeper poses. Sanskrit name: Surya Namaskar (pronounced: SUR-ya Nam-ARS-car), Surya = sun, Namaskar = Bengali word for Namaste, “to bow”, salutation, greeting or praise.

Benefits
* Warms and opens the body
* Prepares the body for deeper yoga poses

Contraindications and cautions
* See each pose in the sequence to learn contraindications and cautions of each

Step by step

1. Sand facing the direction of the sun with both feet touching. Bring the hands together, palm-to-palm, at the heart.

2. Inhale and raise the arms upward. Slowly bend backward, stretching arms above head.

3. Exhale slowly bending forward, touching the earth with respect until the hands are in line with the feet, head touching knees.

4. Inhale and move the right leg back away from the body in a wide backward step. Keep the hands and feet firmly on the ground, with the left foot between the hands. Raise the head.

5. While exhaling, bring the left foot together with the right. Keep arms straight, raise the hips and align the head with the arms, forming an upward arch.

6. Exhale and lower the body to the floor until the feet, knees, hands, chest and forehead are touching the ground.

7. Inhale and slowly raise the head and bend backwards as much as possible, bending the spine to the maximum.

8. While exhaling, bring the left foot together with the right. Keep arms straight, raise the hips and align the head with the arms, forming an upward arch.

9. Inhale and move the right leg back away from the body in an wide backward step. Keep the hands and feet firmly on the ground, with the left foot between the hands. Raise the head.

10. Exhale slowly bending forward, touching the earth with respect until the hands are in line with the feet, head touching knees.

11. Inhale and raise the arms upward. Slowly bend backward, stretching arms above the head.

12. Stand facing the direction of the sun with both feet touching. Bring the hands together, palm-to-palm, at the heart.

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