Surya Namaskar

Today, I would like to provide you with a recording that you can use anytime, anywhere. Yoga is designed as an energetic practice. To unite the body with the mind and restore adequate energy flow.

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a great way to stretch and move the entire body. It’s called this because it’s to be practiced in the early morning, facing the sun. It’s done in sets, to make sure that both sides are equally used. It’s a special sequence of 12 yoga postures coordinated with breathing and performed 12 times. You don’t have to be a yogi or even take a full yoga class to receive the benefits. Although, when combined with other yoga postures, sun salutations are a complete body workout.

Surya means sun and Namaskar is a traditional Indian greeting or gesture of respect, made by bringing the palms together before the face or chest and bowing. It was a daily routine and spiritual practice in ancient traditions. As mentioned earlier, each set of sun salutations has 12 asanas or poses. When repeated 12 times, you are performing 288 poses. The best time to execute the sun salutation is on an empty stomach and at sunrise or early in the morning.

These sequences are a moving meditation. When practiced daily it has deep benefits such as providing mental clarity, reducing abdominal fat, spinal flexibility by going through a wide range of motion. Physically, this practice stimulates and relaxes the nervous system as well as activating the respiratory and circulatory by warming up the body. It enhances flexibility of the hips, pelvis, upper back, neck and shoulders. It also lubricates and strengthens joints and muscles.

(One set consists of two rounds – six working with the right leg and six with the left leg.)

This arrangement can be done no matter what type of shape you are in and your physical activity skill is. Practicing at different speeds can have different effects. If you are a beginner, start with 4 rounds and gradually build your practice up to 12 rounds. This can be done as a warm up to your work out. For someone like me, who lifts weights and loves to run, I feel it’s a great way to stretch and get the heart rate up. A few quick rounds can be a great cardiac workout. Inhale and exhale on alternating movements helps pace yourself at any speed. You may do this standing or even seated in a sturdy chair if you have difficulties getting down on the ground and back up again.

Enjoy! If you would like a private lesson, to attend a class or more info on chair yoga, feel free to send me a note.

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