Sun Salutation A and B

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Learn how to do the Sun Salutation sequences. This article lists all poses of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B, as well as their English and Sanskrit names and breathing instructions. It is recommended to do Sun Salutation A first and Sun Salutation B afterwards.


FREE Download: Sun Salutation Warm Up

  • “Sun Salutation A – Warm Up” is a beginner-friendly yoga sequence
  • Including stick-figures, yoga pose names and breathing instructions

Sun Salutation A + B Cheat Sheet inkl. Breathing

  • This cheat sheet guides you through the practice and make it easier to remember the order of the poses
  • Learn when to inhale and when to exhale
  • Get a printable PDF of this sequence to keep by your yoga mat

List Of Yoga Pose Names With Breathing Instructions

This list includes all poses of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B with the correct Sanskrit writing, as well as inhale and exhale cues.

How to breathe: Sun Salutation A

Sun Salutation A

BreathingEnglish Pose NameSanskrit Pose Name
ExhaleMountain Posetāḍāsana
InhaleUpward Salute Poseūrdhva hāstāsana
ExhaleStanding Forward Bend Poseuttānāsana
InhaleStanding Half Forward Bend Poseardha uttānāsana
ExhaleFour-Limbed Staff Pose / Chaturangacaturaṅga daṇḍāsana
InhaleUpward-Facing Dog Poseūrdhva mukha śvānāsana
ExhaleDownward-Facing Dog Poseadho mukha śvānāsana
InhaleStanding Half Forward Bend Poseardha uttānāsana
ExhaleStanding Forward Bend Poseuttānāsana
InhaleUpward Salute Poseūrdhva hāstāsana
ExhaleMountain Posetāḍāsana

The Sanskrit pose names are commonly written without the special characters, but in Sanskrit the special characters are important. But in most cases, you will find the following Sanskrit pose names:

  • Tadasana
  • Urdhva Hastasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Ardha Uttanasana
  • Chaturanga Dandasana
  • Urdvha Mukha Svanasana

Sun Salutation B

How to breathe: Sun Salutation B
BreathingEnglish Pose NameSanskrit Pose Name
ExhaleMountain Posetāḍāsana
InhaleChair Poseutkaṭāsana
ExhaleStanding Forward Bend Poseuttānāsana
InhaleStanding Half Forward Bend Poseardha uttānāsana
ExhaleFour-Limbed Staff Pose / Chaturangacaturaṅga daṇḍāsana
InhaleUpward-Facing Dog Poseūrdhva mukha śvānāsana
ExhaleDownward-Facing Dog Poseadho mukha śvānāsana
InhaleWarrior 1 Posevīrabhadrāsana I
ExhaleFour-Limbed Staff Pose / Chaturangacaturaṅga daṇḍāsana
InhaleUpward-Facing Dog Poseūrdhva mukha śvānāsana
ExhaleDownward-Facing Dog Poseadho mukha śvānāsana
InhaleWarrior 1 Posevīrabhadrāsana I
ExhaleFour-Limbed Staff Pose / Chaturangacaturaṅga daṇḍāsana
InhaleUpward-Facing Dog Poseūrdhva mukha śvānāsana
ExhaleDownward-Facing Dog Poseadho mukha śvānāsana
InhaleStanding Half Forward Bend Poseardha uttānāsana
ExhaleStanding Forward Bend Poseuttānāsana
InhaleChair Poseūrdhva hāstāsana
ExhaleMountain Posetāḍāsana

The incorrect but often used Sanskrit spelling of these poses:

  • Tadasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Ardha Uttanasana
  • Chaturanga Dandasana
  • Urdvha Mukha Svanasana
  • Virabhadrasana 1

Sun Salutations Printable PDF Downloads

Learn how to do Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B: Printable downloads are an easy way to remember the Sun Salutation sequences.

Decorative Poster

  • Includes all poses of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B step by step.
  • Decorate your yoga studio or yoga space at home
  • Bring a visual interest to your place
  • Get your high-resolution digital PDF files

Sun Salutation A Warm Up + Classical Version

  • Sequence 1: all postures of the classical Sun Salutation A
  • Sequence 2: pose variations for beginners
  • This cheat sheet provides breathing instructions for each pose of Surya Namaskar A

Postcard

  • This postcard is a beautiful reminder of how to practice the Sun Salutations
  • A minimal postcard to print at home that can also be a great addition to a yoga gift.
  • This is an illustration of the Sun Salutation sequences with stick-figures
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