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Sphere2010-07-05 00:17:10 +0000 #1
Hello everybody. I've been a member for a while but I've only just started on Ashtanga Yoga.

I'm wondering, as a beginner, would it be ok to just do Surya Namaskara A and Surya Namaskara B on their own and will I find any benifits in doing so? Or are those movements useless without the Standing and Sitting sequences which follow?

I would appreciate any help you could give, thank you.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 00:21:47 +0000 #2
BKS Iyengar was once asked "what are the threee poses you would do if you could only do three?". His answer was "Sirsasana, Sarvangasana, and Savasana". So you see, the answer to your question is "of course you may do Surya Namaskar and get "benefit".

There should be no useless movements in yoga at all. And Surya Namaskar is a very important vinyasa no matter which of the 17 or 18 varieties you are practicing. As long as you are focused, have a clarity of intention, and move with the breath, then the opportunity for growth, benefit, or transformation is there for the picking.
Sphere2010-07-05 00:43:16 +0000 #3
Thank you very, very much InnerAthlete. I appreciate you taking the time to post.

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