Surya Namaskar: Sun Salutations

Key Word: Range-of-Motion

Sun salutations are a prescribed set of movement which move the body through its full range of motion.

Warm up and salute the light

Surya namaskar is a dynamic sequence used to warm up the body by moving through full range of motion. Simultaneously, salutations to the sun represent yoga’s central intention of saluting the light. The light in the sun symbolizes consciousness and illumination of the self from within.

How many to teach?

With experience, you will be able to discern how many sun salutations to include for your students, how to modify appropriately and how to explain the poses to the class. The more familiar the class is with sun salutations, the fewer physical cues you should offer for the initial sun salutations. By hearing fewer cues, your students will feel connected to the practice through breath and movement rather than as if they are doing a choreographed dance that they must perfect.

Surya Namaskar is an independent practice

There is time to offer cues and adjustments for the individual poses of sun salutations later in the practice. For the first few rounds of sun salutations, give students a chance to settle into their practice with as few cues as possible.

Teach sun salutations after meditation as a way to commence the physical asana practice.

By taigapaws

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