Yoga imparts a very simple exercise which, performed every day,
confers energy and harmony. Its original name is Surya Namaskara and it consists
in ten successive positions which act by stimulating the glands. It should be practised
on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning at sunrise and looking eastward, but
it can also be practised in the evening after work, at least two hours after eating.
It enables you to relax and recharge your energy. Start by doing two exercises, then
increase by one exercise daily until you reach 25 exercises which take no longer
than 20 minutes to perform. Go through the positions slowly. Starting from the first,
breathe in deeply through the nose and let out the stomach.
|These positions are taken from the book Surya Namaskara - "Lo yoga del
sole" by Alpa P. Pant
Casa Editrice Astrolabio, Rome, 1974
In the second, exhale slowly and draw the stomach in. Proceed
as above until position five where you hold your breath for a few seconds. In the
sixth position, you continue breathing in and alternate breathing for every position.
In positions three and eight, the right leg alternates with the left. As you will
note from the figure, identical positions are 1 and 10, 2 and 9, 3 and 8, 4 and 7.