To term "yoga" literally means union, and it aims at integration and harmonization of all the various human faculties. This form of exercise is an ancient teaching on how to achieve physical health, psychological well-being, and spiritual peace. One can engage in yoga on many different levels. One level is a relaxing interlude from a hectic life, another is to strenghten and invigorate the body, for physical therapy for particular ailments or physical difficulties, or as a path to a higher state of consciousness. Whatever your reason may be, yoga offers profound benefits that will affect all aspects of your life, including: work, recreatin, eating habits, family life, and relationships with others.
When yoga is developed over time, it becomes integrated the person, who develops lifelong mindfulness, which encompasses awareness and understanding.
The Sun Saluttion is a 12-part warm-up exercise that limpers up the body and mind in preparation for an ensuing yoga session. Each of the twelve postitions brings a different vertebral movement to the spinal column and is tuned to the inhalation or exhalation of the breath, thereby, instilling a feeling of balance and harmony. The positions follow one after the other, making the Sun Salutation graceful to perform and to behold by any on-looker. One should make an attempt to do at least six sequences at the start of every session. Different styles of yoga perform this series of poses with their own variations. The flow of poses in the next paragraph covers basic steps used in most styles.
The Sun Salutation is started from an upright standing position, with your toes together and your heels about a half inch apart with arms extended down at your side. This moves into, 1) the Prayer pose, then goes into 2) Arch back, followed by 3) Bend over; 4) Leg back, moves into 5) Push up, after which you 6) Lower chest to the floor, then, 7) Arch your chest, 8) Inverted V, 9) Lunge forward, 10) Forehead pressed to knee, 11) Stretch back, and finally, 12) Return to start position.