If you walk into a yoga class most likely you’ll be guided through some version of a Sun Salute.
Sun Salute A and B are the basis of what we learn in yoga school but Sun Salute B rarely gets put into my sequence in its entirety especially using the “traditional” breathing pattern. I usually have a variation of it following my Sun Salute A’s. With classes continually getting shorter and shorter, it’s hard to get everything in! I’ll be honest though, I always loved walking into my mentors 90-minute class at YogaWorks back when I lived in LA. She would guide us through several A’s and B’s and then let us take a few on our own at our own pace. For me, Sun Salute B really challenges my breath and body. It truly starts to feel like a moving meditation when I link up breath per movement and take.my.time in each pose.
Below is a picture series of the different poses in Surya Namaskara B. Read the captions to check out the flow of the breath.
Continue on with the Left side plus a Vinyasa and meet in downward. Take 3-5 long breaths, you’ll need it!
Then hop forward to the top of the mat
You can repeat that full cycle a few times. About 3-5 usually gets my heart rate up but more importantly gets me connected to my breath and my body and myself.
Let me know your thoughts! What part of Sun Salute B do you find most challenging? What part do you enjoy the most?
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