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Sun Salutation are an excellent way to begin a practice. With modifications and variations nearly anyone can do it. In group class they help to unify the class. They warm and awaken the body, soften the muscles, open the joints and stimulate the neurological, circulatory and subtle energetic pathways, initiating conscious awareness and synchronization of movement in the breath, body, mind and spirit. Surya Namaskar can be practiced any time when your stomach is empty. The ideal time to perform it is at sunrise. This is because it is the morning peaceful time. You can practise it at the sunset also, as it stimulates the digestive system. Please note, Surya Namaskar should be performed in the open air, facing the sun.
Here we will focus on. Within each form there are many variations,
Surya Namaskar as taught by Krishnamacharya lineage which is Sun Salutation A and B.
Surya Namaskar A & B starts and ends like classical sun salutation which is Samasthithi.
FROM 1ST-10TH OF THE MONTH
Energisation Series and Sun Salutation poses separately
This group of asanas is concerned with improving the energy flow within the bodyand breaking down neuro muscular knots. They also eliminate energy blocks in the spine, activate the lung and heart and improve endocrine functions. The series is useful for those withreduced vitality and a stiff back and is especially useful for menstrual problem and toning the pelvis muscles and organs. It can be practiced also post pregnancy for toning flaccid muscles.
- REGULAR YOGI
FROM 11th to 20th OF THE MONTH
Sun Salutation A – It introduces 4 new elements to Sun Salutation
Chaturanga Dandasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Floating and holding Adho Mukh Svanasana for 5 or more breaths. These new elements make the salutation more challenging and tapas oriented. Sun Salutations are basic of any Vinyasa flow practice. There are two types of Surya Namaskara in Ashtanga Vinyasa System. The first consists of nine Vinyasa.
- COMMITTED YOGI
FROM 21st TO 30th OF THE MONTH
Sun Salutation B – It introduces 2 more asanas to sun salutation family: Utkatasana and Virbhadrasana.
Build upto 5 salutations. he second type of Sun Salutation has seventeen vinyasa. Sun Salutation B is very challenging in itself, so try to move slowly with Ujjayi breathing and you will feel how this challenge becomes a sort of moving meditation.
The solar plexus is also known as the second brain. It is located behind the navel and is the central point of the human body. The solar plexus is said to be connected to the sun.
Solar energy of the body flows through Pingala Nadi. The Pingala Nadi is regarded to balance the mental and physical energy systems of the body. So, Surya Namaskar enhances the solar plexus. Thus, increases one’s creativity and intuitive abilities.
The postures of Surya Namaskar is a complete spiritual practice. It includes meditation technique, asanas, mantras and pranayama.
Surya Namaskara is a composed of form, energy, and rhythm.