Boost your day with Sun Salutations A and B !

Boost your day with Sun Salutations A and B !

Yoga is becoming a trendy activity, and yoga studios are opening up everywhere. During our trip, we could really see it’s growing in popularity. It is indeed a great sport and also a quite easy one to practice at home! It does not require a lot of material, everything that is needed is a bit of space, a mat and comfortable clothes. Along the way, it is not easy to find the right spot to practice as the hotel room may be too small, or the altitude too high (the case in Bolivia) and we may be too tired to wake up early to practice. The Sun Salutations A and B (or Surya Namaskar A and B) are great as it is easy to practice, don’t require a lot of space and can be done in 20 minutes. This is our best deal when we struggle practicing yoga, those sequences give us the energy we need for our body and mind.

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Benefits

The sun salutation is not only a great workout, but also improve the inner focus, calm the mind and stretches the muscles all at once. The 20 minutes of Sun Salutations A and B are the perfect opportunity to set an intention for the day, wake up gently the body and connect with it.

The Practice

The Sun Salutations A and B are sequential poses with different meaning, designed to be done in the direction of the sun. The best time to do it is in the morning or even better at sunrise when the level of prana is at best.It is also possible to have a mantra during the practice that will help to stay focus and improve a certain topic. For exemple the mantra could be: I inhale patience, exhale stress, inhale patience, exhale stress. ect. It can be done by beginner or advanced. It is actually a good way for beginners to become comfortable with different yoga poses and to learn how to move from pose to pose.

In Ashtanga Yoga, the sequences are done 5x for each sun salutation. If this is too much you can minimize the sequences by 3x instead of 5x. Even during the weekend, wake up in pajama, practice and go back to bed ! Any time allocated to yoga is a way for improvement and space for enlightenment ! 🙂

Here are below the detailed sequences with pictures and a video with Kino Yoga at the end.

Sun salutation A – Surya Namaskar A

Sun Salutation A-2

Seat in a comfortable pose, close your eyes. Reconnect with the present moment. Reconnect with your breath. You can apply here a pranayama technique if you wish but for the practice activate the Ujjayi breath (Ocean breath – see previous article on yoga). Set your intention for the day, what do you want to give, what do you want to receive.

1. Stand up and go into Samasthiti. Inhale and Exhale.Spine straight. Join toes together, ankles are separated. The shoulders are relaxed and the back is straight forming one line. Chest up. Drishti (look) at the nose or further down.
samastithi2
2. Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute) Inhale, arms up forming one line with the body, look up toward the back of the thumbs.
hastasana
3.Uttanasana (Standing forward bend) Exhale,bend forward, hips aligned with feet, ankles a little away from the hips, spine straight. Touch the floor if you can always having the spine straight, otherwise leave the hands on the legs. Drishti towards the toes or chin (if flexible).
uttanasana
4.Ardha Uttanasana (Half Standing forward bend), Inhale, from Uttanasana, come up onto your finger tips, raise your head, draw your shoulders back, and bring your spine flat. Drishti forward.
ardha
5.Chaturanga Dandasana, Exhale, step back, come down low, shoulders above wrists and elbow at 90 degrees, chest slightly forward, keep the whole body very straight. Drishti at third eye.
chattaranga
6.Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-facing dog), Inhale, push toes fowards, bring the chest forward, shoulders opened and arms aligned with them, lift up the legs slightly.
urdha mukka
7.Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing dog), Exhale. 5 breath.In the position, be well rooted down, press on your palms and pull your hips up and back. Establish a straight line from your wrists through your shoulders, spine, and hips. The feet are grounded separated by 1 size foot. Keep the head away from shoulders. The Drishti is at the belly button.
adho mukka
8. Jump or walk between your feet and come back to Ardha Uttanasana. Inhale.
ardha
9. Uttanasana. Exhale.
uttanasana

10. Urdhva Hastasana. Inhale.
hastasana

 

11. Samasthiti. Exhale
samastithi2

Repeat the above 4 more times.

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Sun Salutation B – Surya Namaskar B

Sun Salutation B-2

1. Samasthiti. Inhale and Exhale.
Spine straight. Join toes together, ankles are separated. The shoulders are relaxed and the back is straight forming one line. Chest up. Drishti (look) at the nose or further down.
samastithi2
2. Utkatasana (chair pose), Inhale, arms up, knees bend. Squeeze the legs toward each other. Try to sit while having the spine straight. You should be able to see your toes. The Drishti is upward, toward the back of the thumbs.
chair pose
3. Uttanasana (Standing forward bend) Exhale,bend forward, hips aligned with feet, ankles a little away from the hips, spine straight. Touch the floor if you can always having the spine straight, otherwise leave the hands on the legs. Drishti towards the toes or chin (if flexible).
uttanasana
4. Ardha Uttanasana (Half Standing forward bend), Inhale, from Uttanasana, come up onto your finger tips, raise your head, draw your shoulders back, and bring your spine flat. Drishti forward.
ardha
5. Chaturanga Dandasana, Exhale, step back, come down low, shoulders above wrists and elbow at 90 degrees, chest slightly forward, keep the whole body very straight. Drishti at third eye.
chattaranga
6. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-facing dog), Inhale, push toes fowards, bring the chest forward, shoulders opened and arms aligned with them, lift up the legs slightly.
urdha mukka
7. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing dog), Exhale.
adho mukka
8. Virabhadrasana A (Warrior A), Inhale, Right leg in front, bended 90 degrees, hips forward, arms up, back straight, lifting the beslly button. Legs firm. Drishti at the tumbs.
warrior a
9. Chaturanga Dandasana, Exhale.
chattaranga
10. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-facing dog), Inhale.
urdha mukka
11. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing dog), Exhale.
adho mukka
12. Virabhadrasana A (Warrior A), Inhale, Left leg in front, bend 90 degrees, hips forward, arms up, back straight, lifting the belly button. Legs firm. Drishti at the tumbs.
warrior a
13. Chaturanga Dandasana, Exhale.
chattaranga
14. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-facing dog), Inhale.
urdha mukka
15. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing dog), Exhale. 5 breaths.
adho mukka
16. Jump or walk between your feet and come back to Ardha Uttanasana. Inhale.
ardha
17. Uttanasana. Exhale.
uttanasana
18. Utkatasana (chair pose), Inhale
chair pose
19. Samasthiti. Exhale.
samastithi2
Repeat the above 4 more times.

After the 10 morning salutations, you can rest in Savasana for minimum 5 minutes, with a meditation (optional) at the end. Namaste !

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