Asanas/Yoga Postures - Surya Namaskar/Sun Salutations

The perfect series of yoga postures - which can be used as a warm up to your practice or as the sequence in itself is the Sun Salutations which is also known as Surya Namaskar. Here are 10 easy steps you can modify to suit your mood and energy level.

Sun Salutation, is a series of postures that warms, strengthens, and aligns the entire body. This sequence might be considered the classic one, but there are so many variations. You can alter this particular Sun Salutation by playing with its pace. If you move through the sequence rapidly - by transitioning into the next pose each time you inhale or exhale, you'll warm up fairly quickly.

Or try moving slowly and deliberately, and you'll feel how the sequence becomes a sort of moving meditation. As you practice this way, center your awareness at some point in your body (such as your third eye or your heart) and challenge yourself to keep focusing there for the duration of the practice. Moving quickly is more stimulating, while moving slowly is more calming. 

Before you begin:

Tadasana&/Mountain Pose

Stand in Tadasana - Mountain Pose with your palms pressed together in prayer. Focus for a few minutes - Collect your thoughts and be in the present, try to focus on your good intentions, in your practice and in yourself.

If Sun Salutations are your warm-up for a general practice, move slowly and consciously, gradually building heat. If Sun Salutations is your whole practice, do a 2- to 5-minute Downward Dog as a warm-up.

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