Sun Salutation A: Hatha Yoga

The literal translation of the word “Surya Namaskar” is salutations to the Sun. However, if you look at the history of the word, it has a deeper meaning. The word “Namaskar” means “I bow my head with complete gratitude and offer myself to you wholeheartedly without being biased and partial”. The word “Surya” means “the one who expands and illuminates the world”.

Sun Salutation, as the translation indicates, is a gesture of respect and acknowledgement to the sun, but you can also salute any area of your life for which you are particularly grateful. Dedicate each round to one thing you are grateful for, no matter how small or big, and soon after, you will feel the uplift in your mood and spirit!

Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar, are traditionally performed in the morning to greet the new day. This sequence of postures can be a complete practice in itself or can prepare you for a longer asana routine.

Sun Salutes are often performed in sets of five, but if you are new to the practice, begin with two or three. Each time you flow through this sequence, synchronise your breath with the movements of your body.

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Download a PDF copy of Hatha Surya Namaskar A and teaching cues below.

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