Surya Namaskar aka Sun Salutation is more than just a warm up. Traditionally this series of poses are followed by a yoga teacher’s greetings and then some breathe awareness for centering or quieting the mind in order to get in tune with your body. Below is a breakdown of the sanskrit by Yoga Journal’s article Here Comes The Sun

The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means “to bow to” or “to adore.” (The familiar phrase we use to close our yoga classes, namastetemeans “you”—also comes from this root.) Each Sun Salutation begins and ends with the joined-hands mudra (gesture) touched to the heart. This placement is no accident; only the heart can know the truth.

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