There is so much to say about the deeply-rooted Surya Namaskar tradition, just hearing its beautiful lyrical pronunciation makes me smile. Surya Namaskar translates from Sanskrit to “Sun Prostrations." Traditionally one rose early, at the time of the rising sun to do them. This yogic exercise has been practiced for thousands of years and consists of twelve asanas, one following the other in a cyclic order. Sun Salutations are an integral part of classic Hatha and Vinyasa practices but you will encounter many variations depending on the lineage, tradition, teacher, and ability. There are 3 formal versions of Surya Namaskar, A, B and C. Surya namaskar can represent the entire practice or can be used as warm up or integrated within other yoga postures. An important tradition of practicing 108 Sun Salutations at one time is used by many to celebrate major celestial events, like the equinox or changing of seasons.
Sun salutations are a fun and easy way to personalize yoga for a home practice. Waking up to 2 or 3 Sun salutations each day will get your breath in rhythm and your blood flowing. Approach them as a meditative dance, moving to the sound of your breath. You will get hooked!
Below are just a few reasons why we encourage you to learn surya namaskar by heart, and do them daily:
Surya Namaskar is a practice all in itself
Can’t get to class? Too busy? Do a few sun salutations and you're done!
The Perfect Yoga Workout - No equipment needed – and you can even do them in a chair!
Strengthens and impacts the heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat, and legs
Improves digestion, energy flow, agility, rejuvenation, beauty, and longevity
Helps keep the mind calm, relaxed and meditative
You can adapt them to your own style by adding other favorite postures at will
Express gratitude to the sun for its life sustaining energy for our planet