Sun Salutation for Beginners: Valuable Tips to Perfect It
The sun salutation for beginners is one practice of yoga tradition in the most beneficial to you can do. Thousands of yoga practitioners around the world perform it daily. There are countless researches that show that, when practiced consistently, health has improved exponentially.
Because of its incredible benefits, it has spread a great deal that is lovely. With the spread, there is also the problem that many people learn it self-taught and make important mistakes, which make Surya Namaskara definitely less beneficial. And also, injuries are always lurking.
In this article, I will give you 3 valuable tips that will allow you to correct sun salutation.
Happy reading and good practice! 😉
Sun Salutation for Beginners
When I see students doing in the classroom, I often notice that they breathe properly but attach much more importance to the body.
I’ve already written and repeated it thousands of times, but despite this, I will never tire of saying that breathing is the most important aspect of yoga practice. Let’s ready to do sun salutation for beginners.
Perfect positions one by one
The sun salutation is a very dynamic sequence and for beginners, it should be a small goal, not a departure.
It is dynamism, on the one hand, its benefits. It allows to activate the energy and to fight the tamasic aspect of the body. It makes it a practice a little advanced for those who start doing yoga.
I recommend starting to salute the classic sun, but also the other versions, keeping each position longer. This will allow you to learn more about the alignments of each asana and to do it correctly when you perform the complete sequence.
It makes no sense to start immediately with Surya Namaskara dynamic if you don’t know all the positions of the sequence well. Therefore, start by holding the positions for 5 or even 10 breaths. Then you can go down to 3 full breaths for each position. Finally, you can try to do the complete sequence respecting the correct vinyasa and combining each movement with each breath.
If you try to do so, you will feel that the final sun salutation is considerably better than the previous ones.
Seeing is believing. 😀
Cultivate listening in Tadasana
I often see many practitioners who open the yoga mat and immediately start saluting in the sun, without stopping even a few seconds in Tadasana.
In the mountain’s position, it is essential to listen to your body and mind for a while. In the classrooms, this is usually guided by the teachers but, if you practice at home and if you skip this “centering.” You salute the sun with the mind still “out of the body.”
Instead, it is very important to cultivate introspection and awareness, and these qualities must be practiced by listening to oneself that is done in moments of rest. So when you salute in the sun, take a few moments to feel your body, mind, breath, back, eyes, feet, hands, etc.
References in Tadasana for 30 seconds or maybe a minute will help quiet the mind, detach yourself from your everyday life and improve the practice you are doing.
You could also sing Om, the sacred mantra, or practice Anjali mudra, the gesture of prayer. They will help you focus your mind in the present moment.
This applies not only when you do Surya Namaskara but also when you return to Tadasana after completing one or more cycles of sun salutation.
Listening also allows you to adapt the practice according to your needs. If maybe you feel tired and your breathing is excessively irregular after a few greetings to the cola. You can also stop some more breathing in Tadasana, rest, wait for it to return to regular and then continue with the practice.
If you are practicing and feel that the body is tired, it is better to practice the sun salutation in a more relaxed and calm way. Here, you could also salute the moon, which is usually more suitable.
All this happens only if you cultivate listening in Tadasana. If you don’t practice it, the body will also scream, but you will be deaf and will not listen to its messages.😉
The next time you practice the sun salutation for beginners, I invite you to put these tips into practice. I’m sure they will help you. If you want me to let you know how it went in the comments below, I am very pleased.