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Chair Sun Salutation

13 Apr 2020 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy

Chair Sun Salutation

By Yogacharya Subodh Simkhada – Internationa Yoga Master


Om Surya Devaaya Namah!

Surya Namaskara means the salutation to the Sun, can be known as a form of prayer to Sun as well. Scientifically it creates the micro cosmic effects and chromo-effects in the eyes and the body.   Surya Namaskara (Chair Sun Salutation) is a vital technique within yogic tools. Literally is comes under Satkarma as a Vatasaara Kriya (Entire Air cleansing Act) mentioned in Hatha Yoga. Its application makes perfect kriya to build our health, vigorous, balance, lightness, and also for spiritual growth.

Surya Namaskara is a series of twelve steps series in traditional pattern with seven physical Aasanas, and 5 steps repetition of out of seven asanas. This series gives the full support and stretch to the whole body. Before performing this series we have to get mastery over all the individual Aasana, then we get ready for the series to attempt maximum benefits as a summarized version of daily practice. Now Yoga master is making the different series with more and less steps, so we have a Surya Namaskaara with 30 Steps of Postures and also Kurchi Surya Namaskaara (Chair Sun Salutation) which is given below.

Surya Namaskar Variation  on Chair (Sun Salutation Variation on Chair) is primarily for elderly people or people with less mobility issues or disabilities. Chair Surya Namaskar is also beneficial for people with desk jobs as it can also be done while working in front of the computer to give the body a gentle massage and stretch, if one is seated for long hours. As the name suggests, the practice of the classical Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is done using the chair as a support.

With so many people wanting to try yoga as part of their daily routine, this kind of modification of the classical Sun Salutations is beginning to be appreciated by all age groups with different body structures. Chair Surya Namaskar comes under the category of Chair Yoga and this kind of yoga is used for those undergoing therapeutic healing as well. This series practice will activate the chakras and helps to open kundalini as well.

Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) offers movements for strength, flexibility, stamina and Harmony. While practicing Surya Namaskaara, it combines the postures, breath, bandha, mantras and awareness as well. This combination enhances the optimum benefits in all dimensions of life.

Initiation of Chair Sun Salutation : Sitting on Chair putting hands on knees comfortably

  1. Pranaamasana (Prayer Pose)
  2. Hasta-uttaanaasana (Arm raised Pose)
  3. Paada-hastaasana ( Hand to foot Pose)
  4. Eka-paada pawan-muktaasana (One leg gas release Pose) – meets the Ashwosanchaalana
  5. Kurchi Pashchimottaanaasana (Back Stretching Pose) – meets the Mountain Pose
  6. Mahaa-viraasana ( Great warrior Pose) – meets the Salutation pose
  7. Kurchi Utkataasana ( Half seating Pose) – meets the Bhujangaasana
  8. Kurchi Pashchimottaanaasana (Back Stretching Pose) – meets the Mountain Pose
  9. Eka-paada pawan-muktaasana (One leg gas release Pose) – meets the Ashwosanchaalana
  10. Paada-hastaasana ( Hand to foot Pose)
  11. Hasta-uttaanaasana (Arm raised Pose)
  12. Pranaamasana (Prayer Pose)
Chair sun Salutation

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