How To Do Sun Salutation A and B

This is a walkthrough of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B.  These series are a cornerstone of your yoga practice.  As with all vinyasa the movements revolve around the breathe.  With a fix on this principle, these series will engage your focus and smoothly work all of your body’s major muscle groups.

Sun Salutation A (Surya Namaskara A)


Watch a modified version of Sun Salutation A to make it more accessible

  • Inhale to a flat back
  • Exhale to a forward fold
  • Inhale to come all the way up to standing arms reach high [Start of video]
  • Exhale to fold forward hands through heart center.
  • Inhale half way up
  • Exhale high to low plank
  • Inhale upward facing dog
  • Exhale downward facing dog
  • ake a deep breath in, empty the breath, look forward and step or float to the top of your mat.
  • Repeat.

Sun Salutation B (Surya Namaskara B)


Watch a modified version of Sun Salutation B to make it more accessible

  • Inhale to a flat back
  • Exhale to a forward fold
  • Inhale Utkatasna chair pose [Start of video]
  • Exhale forward fold
  • Inhale half way lift
  • Exhale high to low plank
  • Inhale upward facing dog
  • Exhale downward facing dog
  • Right foot forward come all the way up to warrior one
  • On the inhale arms reach high,
  • Flow as you exhale high to low plank
  • Inhale upward facing dog
  • Exhale downward facing dog
  • Left foot forward, come all the way up to warrior one on the inhale – arms reach high
  • Flow as you exhale high to low plank
  • Inhale upward facing dog
  • Exhale downward facing dog
  • Take a deep breath in, empty the breath, look forward, step or float to the top of your mat
  • Repeat.

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2 thoughts on “How To Do Sun Salutation A and B”

  1. If I were in my twenties I would not have a problem doing 108 salutations. But I am in my 60’s and 108 S/S would be way too severe on the joints. It would be a challenge for an older body. You have to remember that yoga wad mostly done by men when it first started. Men’s bodies are different.

    1. My yoga friends and I are in our 70s. We do 108 sun salutations on international yoga day. We go at our own pace, we modify if we need to and support each other. Challenge yourself to do your best and I am guessing you will reach 108 before you know it even if you don’t just taking the challenge makes you feel strong. Enjoy

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