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.
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!