Interested in trying out Yoga but don’t know where or how to start? Well, before you head off to a yoga class or go buy those Yoga instructional DVDs or books, why not give our simple Surya Namaskara yoga , i.e. “Sun Salutation” guide a go?
Surya Namaskara consists of 12 easy physical postures that involve alternating backward and forward bending postures that flex and stretch the spinal column through their maximum range, getting the work out that your muscle groups need.
Before you start :
So far so good, yes? Let’s get on with our little programme then shall we? Here are the Surya Namaskara steps:
Begin by standing with both feet touching (make sure your weight is evenly distributed) and draw your palms together, bringing them close to your chest. Exhale.
Raise your arms upward. Slowly bend backwards, stretching arms above your head (like you are saluting the sun 😉 ). Remember to relax your neck. Inhale.
Exhale, while you slowly bend forward until your hands are in line with your feet, touching your feet, touching your head to your knees where possible. Press your palms down, fingertips in line with your toes (you can bend your knees as needed) and touch the floor.
Move your right leg back behind your body in a wide lunge. as you inhale, keep your hands and feet on the ground, with your left foot between your hands, and raise your head.
Bring your left foot together with your right foot.
Exhale as you lower your body, resting on your forearms.
As you inhale, lower your pelvis to the ground and raise your head and bend backward as far as possible, while straigthening your arms.
Putting your hand on the ground and keeping your arms straight, raise your hips and align your head with your arms. Exhale.
Slowly inhale and bend your right leg to take wide forward step. Keeping your hands firmly on the ground, place your right foot between your hands and lift your head up.
Keeping your hands in place, bring both feet together. Straighten your legs but keep your waist bent and upper body lowered. Touch your head to your knees, if possible. Exhale.
Slowly rise, straightening your back into a standing pose. Bend backwards, stretching your arms above your head as you inhale.
Go back step 1, that is, stand with both feet touching (make sure your weight is evenly distributed), drawing your palms together, bringing them to your chest. Exhale.
Once you get the hang of it, you can do it consistently to reap the full benefits and after that, you can opt to join formal Yoga classes to learn more advanced Yoga poses.