As part of February's Theme of the Month we'll be taking a good look at Sun Salutations and breaking them down until you're comfortable practicing them in one continous flow for a few rounds at a time.
We’ve put together the following guide, video and pdf for you to look at away from class if you really wanted to learn the sequence or to practice it at home. We really hope you find it useful.
Sun Salutations are the ritual salutes to the Sun God Surya and are traditionally practised before sunrise. The sun is the primary source of light, and light is a symbol across many cultures for self-illumination…
They’re often practiced near the beginning of the class and can be seen as a warm up for other postures or as a practice in itself. Once you become familiar with the sequence you can begin to practice them without thinking so much about the postures themselves but the flow of movement, drawing your attention more to the breath.
Surya – the Sun.
Namaskar – greeting, salute.
The Benefits of Sun Salutations
- Strengthens arms and wrists
- Wakes up the spine
- Strengthens back
- Builds internal heat
- Opens chest
- Stimulates and balances all the systems of the body –reproductive, circulatory, respiratory, digestive
- Increases stamina
- Strengthens the lungs
- Stretches the hamstrings, calves and hips
- Warms up the whole body – softening the muscles and opening the joints
- Focuses the mind by bringing fresh, oxygenated blood to the brain
- Generates prana
- Synchronises the movement in the breath, body, mind and spirit
- Regular practice regulates pingala which leads to a balanced energy system at both mental and physical levels
- Has a direct vitalising effect on the solar energy of the body which flows through pingala nadi
- Provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the sun for sustaining life on this planet
This is half a round of one sun salutation. Repeat the above movements but step back into the lunge with the left foot (step 4) and step forward with the left foot in the lunge (step 9). This will complete one full round of the sun salutations.