Salutations to the Sun

I hope that you have enjoyed our work with Surya Namaskara this half term.  It is a basic sequence designed to be a great warm up either for our yoga practice or first thing in the morning… There are many benefits to this ‘vinyasa’ or sequence of postures – it stimulates and balances all the systems of the body including the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.  Its influence on the pineal gland and hypothalamus in the brain helps to prevent pineal degeneration and calcification.  The movements reduce fatty deposits around the abdomen, thighs and buttocks.  Synchronising the breath with the postures of Surya Namaskara ensures that you, at least for a few minutes a day, breathe deeply and rhythmically as possible.  This removes carbon dioxide from the lungs and replaces it with fresh oxygen which increases mental clarity by bringing fresh, oxygenated blood to the brain.  It is an ideal practice to give you good health and wellbeing!

Remember to stand in the correct posture before you begin – close the eyes, relax the body and feel the contact with the earth.  This is a perfect time to repeat your Sankalpa.

In our basic sequence I have omitted the strong back bends, but, having practiced one or two rounds, and if you feel your body would like it, by all means add in a back bend in the initial standing stretch and when you drop the knees to majariasana you can come down into plank and then lower using your arm strength (reverse push up) after which come into bhujangasana – cobra pose.  Always begin with a round of the basic sequence to ‘loosen’ up.

Lie down in Savasana to rest at the end of your practice – don’t just jump in the shower!  Allow the heart rate and breath to come back to normal and get up in our usual way.

Surya Namaskara should be stopped immediately if you feel dizzy, have a fever or any rash occurs.  You should not practice if you suffer from high blood pressure, coronary disease or any condition leaving a weak heart or stomach problems.  There are plenty of other asana or vinyasas that you can do – check with a teacher first.

The practice can be developed by focusing on different Chakras and also by chanting special mantras (salutation) or beeja mantras (syllables).  These set up powerful vibrations of energy within the mind and body.

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