With the bright sun streaming through the windows preparing us for the start of spring, it's a great time to begin a practice Surya Namaskar (pronounced Sur-yah-Namah-skar) or Sun Salutations. The age-old sequence of yoga poses stimulates the metabolism and the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and reproductive systems while providing a good cardiovascular workout, stretches every part of the body, lubricates and strengthens joints and muscles.
Sun Salutations encourages deep and rhythmic breathing that increases blood to the brain that leads to mental clarity. The continuous flowing motion of poses, accompanied with deep breaths, can be completed a stand-along practice or used as a warm-up/cool-down.
Practicing this sequence at sunrise and sunset, will provide both physical and psychological benefits. Sun Salutations are part of vinyasa flow style yoga practice.
The basic postures are:
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute)
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog Pose)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
These illustrated step-by-step instructions are a good place to get started.
Before starting any exercise practice consult me or your physician.