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The 1st Surya Namaskar Posture

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Taking Position The 1st Surya Namaskar. This is the commencing position. Assume a calm and prayerful mood. Prepare to pay obeisance to the Sun.

Positioning the Limbs

  • Look towards the East. Stand straight on your seat (mat/carpet/blanket).
  • Both your feet must be on the same level and about 12 centimeters apart.
  • Keep your arms close to your body. They must be kept straight down.
  • Ensure that your knees are stiff. The back portion of your head must be in the same line as your back and heels.
  • The abdomen needs to be drawn in. Raise the chest.
  • Bend your arms and place your hands before the chest. It should be in a prayerful gesture.
  • Lightly join together both your palms. The palms should be turned upwards.
  • The fingers must be stretched out. They must point upwards.
  • The thumbs as well as the fingertips of both the hands must touch each other.
  • The thumbs should be touching the middle portion of the chest. The elbow up to the forearms should be in alignment.

Commencing the Namaskar

  • Look ahead. Don’t open the mouth. You must be well placed or balanced while standing.
  • Exhale.
  • Breathe normally.
  • Condition your mind in such a way that your body is relaxed.
  • Now, worship the Sun.

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