Yoga’s “Sun Salutation” is one of the primary conditioning exercises of India’s Kshatriya warriors and a great way to build flexibility, strength and body unity. The flowing series of postures or asanas stretch and condition the shoulders, legs, waist and back. The traditional Ashtanga method includes holding the “Downward Dog” posture (Adho Mukha Svanasana) for five deep breaths. Done properly, this weight-bearing partial inversion strengthens and conditions the shoulders while creating a very grounded and centered state of focus.
Shown below is a demonstration of Ashtanga Yoga’s Surya Namaskara A performed by Kino MacGregor.
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