Surya Namaskara (The Sun Salutation)
The "sun salute" is a complete Yogic -- Ayurvedic exercise that simultaneously integrates the whole physiology including mind, Today, and breath. It strengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups, lubricates the joints, conditions the spine, and massages the internal organs. Blood flow and circulation is increased throughout the body. it is a cycle of 12 postures performed in a fluid sequence one right after another. Each motion should be synchronized with the breath. By moving smoothly into each pose, breathing fully and easily through the nostrils, holding a pose for 1 minimum of 3 seconds, each cycle takes about I minute.
1. Salutation position 2. Raised arms position Inhale 3. Hand to foot position Exhale 4. Equestrian position Inhale
Normal, restful breathing
5. Mountain position Exhale 6. Eight Limbs position No breathing, then 7. Cobra position Inhale 8. Mountain position Exhale
9. Equestrian position Inhale 10. Hand to foot position Exhale 11. Raised arms position Inhale 12. Salutation Position Exhale
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