Yoga for All: Sun Salutation A

Yoga is for everyone. Whatever body size you have, yoga is for you! You can practice yoga anytime, anywhere. You can practice alone, with your friends, parents, aunt, uncle, grandparents and even with your animals. Yoga is definitely for everyone.  BUT yoga is only for those who are willing to do the practice.

Some of us think that yoga is just about physical exercise. Practicing the body postures or the yoga ‘asanas’ is a part of the 8 Limbs of yoga.  According to Swami Sudhir Anand the founder of Shiva Yoga Peeth and the author of the book ‘Yoga Sadhana and the Secrets of Pranayama’ ‘Asana is a removal of unsteadiness of the body. Weaknesses of the body in any form can be removed through the practice of asanas.’

They say if you want to do something, you need to start somewhere.  I hope the video that I posted will be a tool for you to start your yoga practice. The video is Sun Salutation. Sun Salutation A has 12 asanas that move the body to different ways. Sun Salutation improves flexibility of the spine, hips and hamstrings. It strengthens and tones the muscles and it can reduce stress after a long day of work. Suraya Namaskar (the sanskrit name) is usually a warm up to awaken the body before proceeding to different asanas. Enjoy the practice and breath.

1 and 12

Start the Sun Salutation in Prayer Pose

2 and 11

Inhale – Raised Arms Pose

3 and 10

Exhale – Hand to Foot Pose

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Inhale – Low Lunge

5 and 8

Exhale – Downward Facing Dog

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Inhale (Keep the breath in) – Ashtanga Namaskar

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Inhale – Cobra Pose

5 and 8

Exhale – Downward Facing Dog

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Inhale – Low Lunge

3 and 10

Exhale – Hand to Foot Pose

2 and 11

Inhale – Raised Arms Pose

1 and 12

Exhale – Prayer Pose

Feel free to ask some questions. Thanks for reading!

Mark Louie Maycong