Sun Salutations – Foundations of Practice

sun salutations yoga studio alameda oaklandSun Salutations A and B (Surya Namaskar A and B) are foundational starting points for your yoga asana practice.  These sequences are dynamic and serve to warm up and prepare your body for a rigorous practice ahead, they also provide an initial moment for connecting your mind, your body and your breath to take you into a deeply present state.

David Swenson, an Ashtanga yogi and scholar describes the sun salutations, “Surya means the sun and Namaskar is a greeting of honor and respect to the divinity present in each of us” (Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual, 15). These sequences are where your breath and your movements coalesce and you begin to find the rhythm of your practice.

While the movements of the sun salutations may appear simple, they are in fact very challenging. These movements require astute attention to detail in order to avoid injury and enable you to maintain a safe and effective practice.

This post was written by Mary Smith. Mary is a 200-hr. Vinyasa yoga teacher with over ten years of teaching experience and teaches Yoga and Power Plate classes at Symmetry.

Mary will also be offering our first ever Yoga workshop series: Elements of Yoga, a five-part series for all levels! The first workshop in the series is: Breath and Movement: Sun Salutations.

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