If you’ve taken a few yoga classes, chances are you’ve come into contact with Surya Namaskar, aka. the famous Sun Salutation. These three sequences (A, B and C, for all you non-yogis reading this) are often used as a warm-up during Ashtanga, Vinyasa and even some Hatha yoga practices. So what’s all the hype about, you ask? Why are they so popular?
Wonder no more, because we’ve compiled a list of some of the great reasons to cultivate a regular Sun Salutation practice. This is just a small snippet of the loooong list of physical and mental benefits of these powerful sequences.
- Regular Sun Sal practice improves overall blood circulation. Not only does that mean great support for your heart, but it also improves skin, hair and nail health, and can even reduce wrinkles due to the increased blood flow to the face
- Improves Digestion. The contraction and elongation of the body during these sequences tones the digestive tract and stimulates the flow of digestive fluids, meaning stronger and faster digestion
- Aids weight loss. The faster these sequences are performed, the more intense the cardiovascular workout, making them ideal for simultaneously slimming down and toning up
- Stimulates the respiratory system, helping to improve lung capacity and support people with respiratory conditions such as asthma
- They are a great practice in mindfulness! Sun Salutations are traditionally practiced as one-breath-per-movement, so it is the perfect opportunity to cultivate presence and mind-body connection
Keen to get practicing?
Here’s Yoga Journal’s demonstration video of the traditional Sun Salutation A:
And their modified version for beginners:
See you on the mat!