Q and A Sun Salutation with Physiotherapist Dharmesh Bochia
Q: What is Sun Salutation?
A: Sun Salutation is an ancient (traditional) exercise routine. It is also referred to as Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit. In the world of yoga, it is also known as a “glorified burpee” .
Q: What to expect?
A: In yoga, Asanas (poses) is about coming in to position/posture . It has a physical and mental value in it. Sun salutation (Surya Namaskar) consists of 10 asanas (poses). These 10 asanas are arranged in such a manner that each step counteracts the previous one. It is a controlled manner or moving from one asana to another while simultaneously controlling your breathing pattern.
Q: What are the benefits associated with Sun Salutation?
A: There are several benefits when it comes to doing any type of yoga. As many know the three major ones is the overall development of mind, body, and soul. Now, benefits specifically seen with Sun Salutation when done on a regular routine basis are:
- it is easy to learn and practice on one’s own.
- does not require any special tools. (no expensive machinery needed)
- almost anyone can do (a physiotherapist or a yoga teacher can help modify it making it so that those who may have problems can also take part). (a physiotherapist or a Yoga teacher can help assess and modify as per individual abilities)
There are also numerous physical benefits
- stretching of tight structures.
- optimization of lung capacities
- strengthening of postural muscles including core muscles.
- Improves body awareness
- prevents joint wear and tear
- gets you in better shape
AT THE END YOU WILL “FEEL GOOD”
Q: What would cause someone from being unable to do this?
A: There is not a whole lot that causes someone from being unable to do this rather they would be considered and the exercise may have to be modified. An individual that suffers from an acute injury, a chronic life illness, or a women that is pregnant would require proper assessment to ensure that it is safe for them to get into these postures.
Q: What should one wear or need in order to perform Sun Salutation?
- When doing this exercise you want to be dressed comfortably that allows you to move freely.
- Be sure to bring a bottle of water so that you stay hydrated.
- Come prepared to do it yourself with my assistance.
Diabetic people – keep insulin post exercise or two hours before. Manage sugar levels and look for symptoms.
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