Classical Sun Salutations

The classical version of sun salutations are a gentle way to open up the body and prepare for any asana practice, or any physical activity, really!  Traditionally, each position is tied to a specific mantra, chakra, and quality to fully integrate body, spirit and mind.  I recommend doing at least three rounds (one round is one set led with the right leg, then one set led with the left leg) before moving on to something else.  For a powerful, energizing start to your day, start with a brief sit or a few breaths in tadasana to set an intention for your practice and your day, followed by twelve rounds and a few minutes in savasana.

CLASSICAL SURYA NAMASAKARA (SUN SALUTATIONS)

INHALE standing in TADASANA (Mountain Pose)
EXHALE to soften and release hand along sides
INHALE to URDVA HASTASANA (Upward Hands)
EXHALE to UTTANASANA (Standing forward fold)
INHALE to Low Lunge (back knee on the floor, look up)
EXHALE to ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (Downward Facing Dog)
INHALE to Plank (High Pushup)
EXHALE to 8-points pose (Chin, Chest, Knees to floor)
INHALE to BHUJANGASANA (Cobra)
EXHALE to ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (Downward Facing Dog)
INHALE to Low Lunge (back knee on the floor, look up)
EXHALE to UTTANASANA (Standing forward fold)
INHALE to Urdvha Hastasana (Upward Hands)
EXHALE to Tadasana (Mountain Pose)