Surya Namaskar in Pics

For the past several months, exercise of any sort has been very skimpy. Now that Advaith is 3 months old, its time to focus a little bit more or much more on getting fit. And about. The only thing I have been doing most days, is the Surya namaskar. I do 6 sets. It has helped in all those things we do with babies around – bend, sit immobile  for hours, rocking, walking around carrying a 5 kg weight…Personally, I feel its the best thing that has happened to me, eliminating most of those aches and pains I thought I suffered from.

I found this set of pictures in a magazine, clearly illustrating the asana with the names too for beginners.

I would  suggest learning to do it in 3 stages

1) just get the motions right

2) do the motions with breathing consciously in and out

3) do the motions saying the names in your head. This helps you focus more and keeps you holding the pose longer while you rack your head for the long name.

Note: the names take a good while to memorize. I used the associations-memory technique 

1. Sthitaprarthanasana

Exhale fully. 

Stand erect with feet together. Join the palms together in front of the chest. Concentrate on standing straight and steady.


2. Hastauttanasana

Inhale

Raise both arms above the head, palms facing upwards.

Arch the back and stretch the whole body.


3. Padahastasana

Exhale

From  2,  bend the body forward and touch the floor.

Keep  the legs perpendicular to the gound. Bend the knees a little if needed.

Place the palms next to the feet.


4. Ashwa Sanchalanasna

Inhale

From 3, extend the left leg back and drop the left knee to the floor,

bend the right knee and keep it between the hands.

Lift the head and chest up.


5. Adho Mukha Svansana

Exhale.

Take the right foot back to join the left, keeping the palms on the floor.

Lift your back and hips upwards to a triangular position.

Bend downwards and lower the head between the arms.


6. Ashtanga Namaskara

Inhale and Exhale

Drop both knees to the ground and slowly bring the chest and chin to the ground between your palms.

Eight parts of the body should be touching the floor. Two sets of toes,  two knees, two hands,  chest, and chin or forehead.

Keep feet together and make sure hips are above the floor.


7. Bhujangasana

Inhale

Lower the hips, slowly lift up from the chest until the spine is fully arched. And look up.

Keep your legs together and the elbows alongside the body slightly bent and keep the shoulders down.

Now the motions repeat in a backward cycle.

8.  Adho Mukha Svanasana (5) position. Allow your feet to rest on the soles.

Exhale

9.  Ashwa Sanchalanasana (4) position. Swing the left foot forward. This might be difficult at first, in which case, you can bring the foot forward in 2 steps.

Inhale 

10.  Padahastanasana  (3) position. Bring the right foot in front to meet the left.

Exhale

11. Raise both upwards into the hastauttanasana  (2) position.

Inhale 

12. Sthitaprarthanasana posture.

Exhale

As you get better, you can introduce the Adho Mukha Dandasana , or 4 limbed stiff pose between 5, and 6.  This is the Plank and can be held for a few seconds.

Pictures and text adapted from  an article by Deepti Bansal Seth, a nutrionitst and Yoga consultant, in Tarla Dalas’ Cooking & More Magazine.

And Yoga Shakti Mission

and Wikipedia

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5 thoughts on “Surya Namaskar in Pics

  1. I would be very glad if this post inspires you to try the surya namaskar.

    1) There are twelve steps in Surya Namaskar. You can count five seconds for each step of the Surya Namaskar. It means that one Surya Namaskar goes for one minute (and a bit more).
    Many practioners do recommend holding each pose for longer. But this time is practically possible.
    It will take longer when you first start as you will be learning the moves.
    2) Early morning as the sun rises is supposed to be best. But early morning and evening are recommended.
    When you think of the asana holistically, then you need to say the proper mantras and look at the sun to get the benefit.
    But if not possible, just doing it sometime and indoors will give you great flexibility.

  2. Thank you very much for the info….. hope to start it after my vacation.. am copying your post and comment…

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