More about Surya Namaskar…

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So many confusion come to students with the words Surya Namaskar. Many believe that they are doing classic Hatha Yoga Surya Namaskar, but in reality its just a variations)))

Today, many yoga teachers present different variations of the Surya Namaskar, and many believe that what they presenting in the class is actually the classic one, I was in such class))) those teacher believe in what they are saying, because at the yoga teacher course, thats the way they learn it.

So many variations of Surya Namaskar this days, for example Ashtanga yoga has Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B; another example is Hatha Yoga Surya Namaskar with the plank. Different schools of Yoga teaching different variations of the Surya Namaskar and even given different names to the asanas.

 

 Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation is one of the most well-known yoga routines.  The routine consists of 12 forward and backward bending movements that stretch and flex the spinal column. It’s not that difficult to learn, and great for beginners who are looking to introduce themselves to yoga.
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Surya Namaskar asanas as in classic yoga scriptures:
Pranamasana
Hasta Uttanasana
Pada Hastasana
Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Paravatasana
Sashtanga Namaskar
Bhujangasana
Parvatasana
Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Pada Hastasana
Hasta Uttanasana
Pranamasana

The above constitutes one round of Surya Namaskar. Rest for few seconds before starting the second round. Surya Namaskar, like most asanas, is recommended to be performed on an empty stomach. It is generally practiced in the morning before breakfast or in evening.

Practising up to 6 rounds is more beneficial. However, increase rounds gradually and steadily and never go beyond your capacity.

Synchronizing your breathing with the movements of the body is very important. The basic breathing principle is to inhale during backward bending postures and exhale during forward bending postures.

It is recommended that Surya Namaskar be done slowly with complete awareness of breathing. When the exercises are done a little quickly, the gain is more physical whereas if they are done slowly with breath awareness, the gain is more mental and spiritual.

to be continued…

Love and Light!

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About oksanawd

Namaste, My name is Oksana Wadhawan and I am originally from Kiev, Ukraine. I presently reside in Mumbai, India, with my husband since October, 2014. I started doing Yoga from 2007 in Cyprus. I was reading a lot of literature on meditation and asanas, trying to do home practice. I was lucky enough that I didnt get injured through my home practice. I started learning Yoga from 2009 (Hot Yoga and Iyengar Yoga) in Kiev, Ukraine. After 3 years of learning, I commenced the yoga teacher’s training course in YogaHot Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2012). I became a certified yoga teacher and began practicing master classes of Iyengar yoga from 2012. My classes were taught by great Iyengar teachers such as Igor Podmazin, Irina Korovina, Oksana Bogush and many others. In 2013 and 2014, I also went on a 7 day Camp to Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai, India. I studied Ashtanga Yoga with Lesley Fightmaster in 2013-2015. My teaching experience includes 2 years of Hot yoga, 1 year of Ashtanga yoga and 1 year of Restorative Yoga or Yin Yoga. I am regularly attending and practicing Iyengar Yoga since 2009. As a teacher, I conducted a yoga retreat for a month in Kiev, Ukraine (May, 2015) where I shared my daily experience and knowledge with my students on asanas, pranayama and meditation. In August 2015, I did my first retreat in Goa, India. I believe in words of K. Pattabhi Jois "Do your practice and all is coming." Its slowly coming for me! I learn and experience through my body, my emotions, my pain, my enlightenment, what it is Yoga! Yoga is my way of life! And I can show you a way that Yoga can be your way of life as well))) Love and Light!

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