Sun Salutation

ssSun Salutations Surya Namaskar

  1.   The optimal time to perform this exercise is just prior to morning yoga asanas - ideally in the early moring, facing the rising sun. If it is performed at other times during the day, the guideline is: at least 1/2 hour prior to meals or at least 3 hours after meals.
  2.   The diagram above illustrates one full cycle of the Sun Salutation exercise.
  3.   A maximum of 12 cycles per session is advised.
  4.   There are 2 Equestrian positions per cycle. Use the same knee forward throughout each cycle. Switch to the opposite knee forward for the next cycle. Alternate the knee forward as you progress through several cycles.
  5.   Once in a position, hold that position for 5 seconds.
  6.   Please note the breathing patterns recommended for this exercise. The inhale or exhale is often completed before the end of the 5 second hold period; hold your breath until the inhale or exhale of the next position is started.
  7.   As you assume the 12th position, exhale for 5 seconds. If you continue into another cycle, neutral breathe for 5 seconds in position #1 before moving into position #2.
  8.   After completing the last cycle, lie down on your back, arms at your sides, palms facing up, resting eyes closed for 2 minutes.