Sun Salutation/Surya Namaskar-Traditional Hatha Version
Surya Namaskar, the Sun Salutation, is a series of 12 postures performed in a single, graceful flow.
Each movement is coordinated with the breath. Inhale as you extend or stretch, and exhale as you fold or contract.
The Sun Salutation builds strength and increases flexibility.
It is best to do Surya Namaskar early morning at sunrise, on an empty stomach.
Practicing Sun Salutation at different speeds (slow, medium or fast) can have different effects. If done at a slow pace, it can help strengthen and tone body muscles. Use the breath as an effective tool in slow movements to bring the body, mind and breath in harmony and enjoy a complete meditative experience. A few rounds of quick Sun Salutations can be a great cardiac workout. If you are doing Surya Namaskar as a warm-up exercise, do it at a fast pace. But if Sun Salutation is included in the entire yoga posture package, you can do it at slow to medium pace.