The 12 poses of Sun Salutations offer an opportunity to enhance flexibility and strength while improving circulatory health. The set of postures has been described as the most complete exercise available, so if you have only a limited time or are away from home, the Sun Salutations are your best choice. Through Sun Salutations, all the major muscle groups and joints are exercised. These poses also massage and stimulate your major internal organs. These postures awaken the connection between your agni , or inner fire, and the sun. When your agni is burning brightly, you are capable of digesting energy and information you ingest on a daily basis; be it food, thoughts or emotions. If your inner fire is weak, you are not metabolizing life’s experiences and that residue will leave you feeling fatigued. When practicing this form of yoga along with a healthy diet, a good daily routine and the conscious avoidance of emotional toxicity, the Sun Salutations are designed to kindle your inner fire so you can radiate the best of who you are. Performed slowly, these poses encourage flexibility. Performed rapidly, these poses provide a rigorous cardiovascular workout. At the Chopra Center, along with each posture of Surya Namaskar, we chant the corresponding mantra to awaken the chakras. Say these sounds as you perform each pose: Pranamasana – Salutation Pose – Om Mitraya Namaha Hasta Uttanasana – Sky Reaching Pose – Om Ravaye Namaha Pada Hastasana – Hand to Feet Pose – Om Suryaya Namaha Ashwa Sanchalanasana – Equestrian Pose – Om Bhanave Namaha Parvatasana – Mountain Pose – Om Khagaya Namaha Ashtanga Namaskar – Eight Limb Pose – Om Pooshne Namaha Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose – Om Hiranya Garbhya Namaha Parvatasana – Mountain Pose – Om Mariachaya Namaha Ashwa Sanchalanasana – Equestrian Pose – Om Aditya Namaha Pada Hastasana – Hand to Feet Pose – ”¯Om Savitre Namaha Hasta Uttanasana – Sky Reaching Pose – Om Arkaya Namaha Pranamasana – Salutation Pose – Om Bhaskaraya Namaha More on sun salutations, hatha yoga and various asanas Dr. David Simon is medical director and co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing at the La Costa Resort & Spa. He is also co-author with Deepak Chopra of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. Dr. Simon brings healing, love and strategies for nurturing relationships in his workshops at the Chopra Center. For more information on Chopra Center workshops, visit chopra.com or call 888.424.6772, ext. 1639.
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