Have you ever been in a yoga class when your instructor says a crazy word that leaves you clueless? Almost sounds like gibberish, but trust me, it's not. It really does have a name and origin. I'm here to help you so that next time you hear "surya namaskar" you can get moving other than having to look around the room in confusion (trust me, I've been there.) Let's get to it!
Name: Sun Salutation
Sanskrit: Surya Namaskar
Meaning: Salute to the sun ; a practice of adoring/giving back to the sun, which is referred to as the "heart of the world."
Sun Salutation can be practiced at dawn, to begin your day. It is meant to be directed towards the sun as you move through the asanas (postures.) There are many benefits that may come along with this sequence.
- Improves blood circulation
- Increases focus & awareness
- Stimulates the heart
- Strengthens the body
- Improves mood & mental health
- & much more!
The break down
Moving through the salutation, allow yourself to breathe while flowing from one posture to the next, building heat.
Give it a go!
(Start at the top and move clockwise)
Transitioning from one posture to the next allow your knees to bend!
Always remember that when doing any physical practice, you can modify the posture (blocks, straps, and bolsters are your best friend.) Let go of your ego and listen to your body.
Sun Salutation has been a game changer for me. Physically I feel stronger, but lighter. Mentally my mind feels invigorated and I'm ready to tackle my day. I usually wake up and start my day with a big glass of water and 5 to 10 sets of these.
Always know that yoga is a life long journey and nothing will be perfect. Appreciate the small steps you take, in practice, and in life.
Put on some tunes and get to it :)