What is it?
A series of movements designed to open loosen up the spine, link breath with movement and get you out of your head and into your body, this powerful simple series is a fantastic way to start your practice. In Hindu sacred scriptures the Sun Salurations were first referred to around 1500 BCE in the Rig Veda, as a ritual prostration to the welcome the rising of the sun-and in book form in 1934 in the Yoga Makaranda by Krishnamacharya.
Krishnamacharya, who first introduced Vinyasa-Krama (wise progression), is considered the father of contemporary Vinyasa Yoga that many of us practice today.
Why it matters to me
Many students over the years have reported to me that they don't do yoga at home because they don't know what to do. This is one of the drawbacks of the Vinyasa practice because unlike Kundalini or Ashtanga Yoga, there are no set series. However, the Sun Salutations resolve this!
- Bend your knees as you fold over into Uttanasana
- Consider a slight bend in the knees in Downward Dog to keep the spine elongated
- When stepping forward and backwards switch legs each time. No need to jump
- Lower down from plank all the way to the floor, slide your hands back slighly under your shoulders, root the pubic down and the tops of the feet down and lift up to Baby Cobra instead of Upward Dog