What to do to practice the Greeting to the Sun every day?
I will show you 3 facilities that you can use if you are a beginner yogi.
Greeting to the Sun: what does this sequence give you? And how to make the Greeting to the Sun (Surya Namaskar) your everyday practice? I will show you 3 facilities that you can use if you are a beginner yogi.
Surya Namaskar A – because it is so beautifully called Greeting to the Sun A – is the sequence that begins the first series of yoga ashtanga.
It is a symbolic beginning, warming up the body, giving strength, introducing an element of calmness and concentration.
For me, practice without a series of Greetings of the Sun is a bit like starting to read a book from the inside or start running without shoes.
When I teach, I often hear: ” Oh no, it’s not for me …” or “I’m afraid … I can practice at home.”
So I hold you by your word and believe that you will do it. Let me show you a few ways, however, so that Greeting to the Sun is not tiring and discouraging, and that you practice it at home every day, which is always the beginning of a deeper experience of yoga.
How to facilitate yourself and what does the Greeting to the Sun give?
I noticed that you often give up the practice if you don’t “bend” so that you put your whole hands on the mat or touch your head with your legs.
You become discouraged, allow yourself to criticize your own body.
Nowhere is it written that the slope must look like this. Remember, this is the first slope during the whole practice, you have the right to have a stiff, unheated body.
Allow yourself “30 per cent” of your possibilities.
At first, you can bend your legs, put your hands on your fingertips, or even – put them on your shin.
Observe your own body and give yourself time to prepare yourself for a more complete practice. Allow yourself the range of motion that is optimal for you.
Kija position ( Chaturanga Dandasana )
In my opinion, Kij is one of the most difficult positions, but it is certainly worth tackling.
It strengthens the arms, wrists, back muscles, and above all – warms and adds energy.
I do not want to write how to perform this position, but I want to show you some simplified variants that have a similar effect and prepare you for the full position. Exercised regularly will be an incentive to attempt to perform a Stick Position. This way you can practice at home.
At first, just lie down on your stomach, put your hands on your chest. Another version involves sagging the legs, placing the knees on the mat and elbows close to the body. Do as much as you can!
You have to start somewhere.
Dog with Head in Dole (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
The dog with the head in Dole is probably the most frequently performed position.
It has so many advantages that one wants to learn it, although it is not easy, maybe because many things have to be noted. Therefore, in the beginning, I recommend an internship under the guidance of a teacher. However, if you are not ready yet and plan to practice at home, try using some tips.
Start with a strong knee bend; gradually try to straighten them, but remember – it’s work for 30 percent of your possibilities. Before stretching your backs of legs to fully straighten them, focus on your back.
Try to lengthen them.
You can also stay in a knee supported and make a cat’s back, and then slowly raise your legs. In the beginning, it’s a very good job.
Try to work out at home as shown in the video. Remember to focus on your breath and then let your body move, as if it were the breath that “pulled the string” and set the body in motion. This is the moment when you begin to feel the smoothness of the Sun Greetings.
Doing the Greeting to the Sun every day at home will give you the energy that will put you in a good mood all day.
I assure you that it’s worth trying because the benefits of this practice are spectacular. See for yourself.