Surya Namaskar in Sivananda Yoga

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada and offers online classes in classical Hatha Yoga. As the founder of Body Mind Light and the creator of its Online Shop, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world. Read more...

28 Responses

  1. laura says:

    Thanks for the great info! Did not realize there is different styles of yoga

  2. What a wonderful way to start the day. Great video. I will add this to my morning.

  3. Lynne says:

    Oh this looks like a lovely routine to try out! I was going to yoga classes last year but life has just gotten too busy with my 2 small children to get to classes anymore.

    I’ve recently started searching online for videos to follow instead of going to classes so this has come at the perfect time. I’ll give this one a go as soon as I can.

  4. Richard says:

    Presented very well. A big thumbs up.

  5. Martina says:

    This is super interesting – I had no idea that there was such a huge background to Yoga! Or that it had benefits such as increasing the solar plexus.

    I actually just recently just started some Yoga to help with my back injuries and I love it so far – its doing magical things for my hip mobility.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Hope you’re recovering well from your back injury, Martina. And the mobility of the hip joints are so important, especially for an equestrian like you. Be consistent and I’m certain that you’ll see even more positive results.
      Its wonderful to hear people discovering how yoga can do magical things for them!

  6. Roger says:


    What a great site! I love the video, it shows the technique most elegantly. I also loved the small symbol / representations of the poses, very interesting and beautiful!

    I injured my knee, so I’d have to do more of a modified version until l completely recover from my surgery. Any recommendations of how to get started?

    Additionally, I’m overweight and VERY stiff (the former a more recent issue, but I’ve never been that flexible). Is this a good pose for me to start with? Or something I should work up to?

    I love that you describe this as a complete total body workout! I look forward to doing this in the future!


    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Thank you Roger, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Because of your recent injury, I recommend you start regular sessions under the guidance of an instructor, who can show you modifications on all the poses. With consistent practice, especially incorporating Sun Salutations, you’ll find that stiffness disappears and the body becomes stronger and more limber.

      Once you get started, let me know how it goes!

  7. Kenny Lee says:

    Yoga fascinates me in a way that it trains the body and mind at the same time. It takes delicate balance and a calm mind to execute the various position in yoga workout. It is definitely a journey towards positivity.

  8. christinamk says:

    I have done yoga before but never thought about the spiritual side of it. I mostly just did it for the workout. It was also very relaxing. That is interesting that it enlarges the solar plexus. I wonder how it does that? Great post, now I know about the spiritual aspect of yoga!

  9. Cathy says:

    I have been practicing Flow Yoga for 4 years now and the Sun Salutation is always the first stage that we would start with. My instructor guides everything in the English term, down ward dog etc. so I am quite please to learn the Yoga terms for each pose that you’ve listed above.

    I must say that they are quite a tongue twister, but it helps to know why they are named that way and to know that I am starting with very important moves to help my body warm up for classes each time.

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful knowledge.

  10. emmanuel says:

    Hey Andrea,

    I learned something new today which is great. I really like that you can explain it good. I have never heard about this type of yoga, but I will do it.

    I will start to do this because I see a lot of benefits in it and that it can really help your body.

  11. Evie says:

    I started yoga last year doing a hatha flow yoga (I used the Ali Kamenova) videos on YouTube usually as I don’t like classes with other people. I lost a lot of weight and felt like I had more energy and felt taller (probably sounds strange but it helped so much with my posture). I also suffer with my back (too many silly accidents) and it really helped to keep me supple. I must get back to it and am thinking of trying some Yin yoga as well

  12. jschicanha says:

    Welcomes your article, i wasn’t have an idea on Surya Namaskar when i read the topic and now since i read your content i got your ideas i now i even like it.This type he best ever and it teof rounds you mentioned are the best ever.I like sun salutation.

    All the best

  13. Karlo says:

    thank you for sharing a very interesting article about yoga. I believe that yoga is very important for our body and our overall health. I really liked your post because i find it very informative and I learned new things that I didn’t know before. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to read your next article.

  14. Sethu says:

    The article is very informative as well as interesting. You’ve detailed all the importance of sun salutation in a simple post, kudos for that 🙂

    It’s important to practice Sun salutation daily and I hope this article encourages all fitness enthusiasts to incorporate yoga as part of their fitness routine. What’s the ideal time to do Surya Namaskar?

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      During the hours of dawn or dusk when the atmosphere’s solar and spiritual energy are at their most abundant. But don’t let that stop you from practicing whenever time allows!

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