Surya Namaskara B

Definition - What does Surya Namaskara B mean?

Surya Namaskara B is one of the basic opening vinyasas used in many styles of yoga practice. As with all vinyasas, it is a series of asanas linked together in a flowing motion with the breath setting the rhythm. Many yogis believe that asana practice is incomplete without at least one variation of Surya Namaskara.

Generally a morning practice, Surya Namaskara B energizes the body, mind and spirit, drawing energy from the sun. In Hinduism and other traditions with Vedic origins, the sun symbolizes consciousness and is often worshiped. The Surya Namaskara vinyasas are an extension of that worship, honoring the sun's power within.

The term comes from the Sanskrit, surya, meaning "sun," and namaskara, meaning "salutation." As such, Surya Namaskara B may also be known as Sun Salutation B in English.

Yogapedia explains Surya Namaskara B

In Ashtanga yoga, five rounds of Surya Namaskara B follow five rounds of the more basic Surya Namaskara A. Asana practice in other yoga traditions may not be as structured, but many – including Hatha, Power and Vinyasa yoga – use at least one of the Surya Namaskara vinyasas.

The postures may vary slightly, but Surya Namaskara B usually consists of these asanas in order:

  • Utkatasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Ardha uttanasana
  • Chaturanga dandasana
  • Urdhva mukha svanasana
  • Adho mukha svanasana
  • Virabhadrasana A (with right foot forward)
  • Chaturanga dandasana
  • Urdhva mukha svanasana
  • Adho mukha svanasana
  • Virabhadrasana A (with left foot forward)
  • Chaturanga dandasana
  • Urdhva mukha svanasana
  • Adho mukha svanasana
  • Ardha uttanasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Urdhva hastasana
  • Tadasana
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