Surya Namasakar (Sun Salutation)

Surya Namasakar is one of the most important sections of the yoga class. The sequence of postures combines breath and movement while alternating between stretching the spine forwards and backwards. It warms up the body and sets the pace for a vinyasa yoga practice.

There are many interpretations of the Sun Salutation. This is a mix of a few I have learned down through the years. For the first round, the body flows continuously from pose to pose. In the following rounds hold Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) for 5 breaths while drawing the shins and lower arms towards each other (energetically), lengthening from the hips through the spine and limb and focus on deepening uddiyana and mula bandha (core centre muscles & energy locks). I normally do 3 fulls set of Surya Namasakar. The video clip is one complete set.

I also guide a more advanced version of Surya Namasakar, taught in Level 2 classes.

Practicing a few Sun Salutations alone at home, between getting to yoga classes,is enough to keep your body strong, flexible and energised.

Enjoy!

Peace, love, happiness :-)
Sinead.

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