The Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar (Sanskrit)
Do you want to start your day with an amazing yoga practice that will help you warm up and connect with your body? You are lucky because such a practice exists and is called " Sun Salutation"!
The Sun Salutation is a sequence of yoga postures performed as one continuous exercise. Each posture counteracts the previous one, stretching the body in a different way, and expanding and contracting the chest to regulate the breathing. If you practice it daily, Sun Salutation will give flexibility to your spine and joints, serve as a great practice to start your day, or be a wonderful start of your longer yoga practice.
Where did the Sun Salutation practice come from? In the Hindu tradition, the Sun God is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortal life. According to the Rig Veda (an ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns), “Surya is the Soul, both of the moving and unmoving beings”. So, the Sun Salutation originated as a series of prostrations to the sun. It is traditionally practiced at dawn, facing the rising sun. Each of the yoga postures in Sun Salutation also originally has its own mantra, that celebrates aspects of the Sun’s divinity.
I have prepared a video where I describe the Sun Salutation practice so you can learn it with me. You can access the Sun Salutation video on my website www.yogawithanastasia.org under the “Yoga Videos” section or on my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ-OAmKXGmQ).
Try practicing Sun Salutation every morning for 10 minutes and your body will say "Thank you!"
Stay healthy. Be happy.