Here Comes The Sun: Surya Namaskar in Detail

With Donna McCafferey
23 March 2019, 14:00–17:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283


There are 9 vinyasa (movements) in Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) A and 9 asana 17 in Surya Namaskar B meaning they can constitute a whole yoga practice in their own right!  From an Ashtanga perspective   Surya Namaskar A & B begin all of the Ashtanga sequences and are the backbone of the practice. All of the linking vinyasa sequences are based on the sun salutations.  They are not just a warm-up!

Well, they do make a good warm up and they are a good gauge of how you might be feeling on any given day, but they are much more than this. The Sun Salutations are often just thought of as those beginning postures that you do to wake you up, often we practice them without much thought or attention and dismiss them as the “easy beginning postures” but practiced badly they will set you up for injury, and practiced properly they will realign your body between the postures.

In this workshop we will take a look at all of the individual postures that make up the two sun salutations. We will look at correct alignment and how to manage the postures to ensure longevity of practice. There are about 60 linking vinyasas in the Ashtanga primary series so it is important to get the alignment right.  We will begin the workshop by looking how the eight limbs of yoga can be brought into the Ashtanga practice, and the importance of the vinyasa count, taking a look at bandhas and breath and how to link the two together.

Then we will take a look at Surya Namaskar A, concentrating on each of the postures in turn, looking at correct alignment, the vinyasa count, and technique for jumping back and floating forwards. Then we will do the same for Surya Namaskar B, and from this we can see how this sun salutation forms the basis of the warrior sequence at the end of the standing postures. In fact both sun salutations involve techniques that will help with many of the postures that  come throughout the primary series.

We will finish the workshop with a half primary series practice, incorporating all that we have learned into the vinyasas in between the postures.

You do not need to have practiced Ashtanga before to attend.  This workshop is suitable for all levels of practitioner from complete beginner to advanced.