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Yoga Teacher Training Thailand - Patanjali Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation)


Dr. Sohail Ebady with his students, in the Yoga Teacher Training and Hypnotherapy Program,
held in Chiang Rai, Thailand last 28 September to 25 October 2013.

The sun symbolises spiritual consciousness, in ancient times the sun was worshiped on a daily basis.

Suryanamaskara combines yogasana and pranayama, the sequence is usually done both at sunrise and sunset, facing the sun. It is a combination of warming up exercises and yogasanana, improving general flexibility and preparing the body for asanas and pranayama.

There are two ways of performing Suryanamaskara. The first sequence consists of 12 steps and the second of only 10 steps in each sequence. Each stage of Suryanamaskara is accompanied by regulation of breath.

Benefits:

    • Improves awareness and concentration
    • Improves mental clarity and rhythmicity of breathing
    • Strengthens the spine, stimulates and balances the systems of the body

Contraindication:

    • It should not be practiced from anyone suffering from high blood pressure, coronary artery diseases, or hernia
    • Back conditions (Disc Prolaps, Sciatica etc) should consult a medical expert and a yoga expert before commencing the practice
    • The practice should be avoided during menstruation
    • Pregnancy, practiced with care until the beginning of the twelfth week. Following childbirth it may be commenced approximately 7- 8 weeks after delivery

 

Yoga Teacher Training Thailand - Ardha Kati Chakrasana (Half Wheel Pose)

    • Note:
      Bend laterally, not forwards or backwards.

Benefits:

  • It gives a good lateral bending to the spine and helps in keeping it flexible and healthy
  • Stimulates and relaxes the sides of the body
  • Reduces the fat on the waist region
  • Improves function of liver
  • Calms the mind and improves the concentration and awareness

 

Sun Salutation on the top of the hills of northern Thailand