By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Ashtanga Namaskara is a posture and also an exercise explained in Yoga. It is sometimes a part of Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) sequence. It is the sixth pose in sun salutation. It is also a traditional pose with a combination of breathing patterns, yoga poses and specific gaze points. It warms the body and prepares us for further activities. It is said to provide a feel of freedom within one’s heart when practiced promptly and with devotion.
Ashtanga = eight parts/points of the body
Namaskara = greeting
It is called as Ashtanga Namaskara because in this pose the body is balanced on eight points of the body simultaneously coming into contact with floor including feet, knee joints, chest, chin or forehead and both hands. The person lay down prone (face down) in this pose.
It is taken as an alternative for Chaturanga Dandasana in Sun…