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Introduction

Steps in Surya Namaskar vary from one style to another. We have already seen a ten-step Surya Namaskar which is the first modern version, in our article: Surya Namaskar – The Complete Guide.

In this article, we describe a twelve-step Surya Namaskar that is widely in practice. Also, we list the Surya Namaskar Pose names with breathing and relevant images. Besides, we would like to provide tips for beginners.

Let us see what are the twelve yoga pose names before we explain each one of them.

Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose Names

The following table shows the steps in Surya Namaskar with yoga pose names.

Step NoSurya Namaskar PosesAsana Name in English
1PranamasanaPrayer Pose
2Hasta UttanasanaRaised Arms Pose
3Pada HastasanaHand To Foot Pose
4Ashwa SanchalanasanaEquestrian Pose
5Adho Mukha SvanasanaDownward Facing Dog Pose
6Ashtanga NamaskaraEight Parts Salute
7BhujangasanaCobra Pose
8Adho Mukha SvanasanaDownward Facing Dog Pose
9Ashwa SanchalanasanaEquestrian Pose
10Pada HastasanaHand To Foot Pose
11Hasta UttanasanaRaised Arms Pose
12PranamasanaPrayer Pose
Surya Namaskar Pose Names

Twelve Steps of Surya Namaskar

In this section, the twelve steps of Surya Namaskar is explained with the asana names and breathing.

Step 1: Pranamasana

Surya Namaskar Images -Pranamasana

Stand with feet apart. Ensure a gap of around 30 cm gap in between the feet. Put the palms in Anjali Mudra at the chest level. Close the eyes and take a couple of deep breaths. Chant the Mantra Om Hram. Alternatively, chant Om Mitraya Namaha or Om Hram Mitraya Namaha.

Step 2: Hasta Uttanasana

Surya Namaskar Images - Hasta Uttanasana

Inhale and raise the hands over the head. Keep the palms together. Then bend the head backward and look up at palms. Now spread the palms out so that each arm should form a straight line at the shoulder level. Chant the Mantra Om Hrim or Om Ravaye Namaha or Om Hrim Ravaye Namaha. Note: If you took the first Mantra for chanting in the first step, you should chant the first Mantra here and in subsequent steps also.

Step 3: Padahastasana

Pada Hastasana

Now bend forward and place the palms on the floor on either side of the feet. While bending forward, exhale. Keep the knees straight and try to touch them with the forehead. Chant the Mantra Om Hrum or Om Suryaya Namaha or Om Hrum Suryaya Namaha.

Step 4: Ashwa Sanchalanasana

AshwaSanchanchalasana

Bending the left knee, stretch the right leg back to the maximum extent. While stretching inhale. The right knee should touch the floor. Don’t change the position of the left leg. Keep the arms straight. Now the weight of the body is on the right toes, right knee, the left foot, and palms. Tilt the head backward and arch the back. Fix the eyesight on the roof. Chant the Mantra Om Hraim or Om Banave Namaha or Om Hraim Banave Namaha.

Step 5: Adho Mukha Svanasana

Adhomukha Svanasana

Now take the left foot back and place it alongside the right foot. Exhale while doing so. Raise the buttocks and lower the head between the arms. Now arms, back, and legs form a triangle. The arms and legs should be straight. Ensure that the heels are well placed on the floor. Chant the Mantra Om Hraum or Om Khagaya Namaha or Om Hraum Khagaya Namaha.

Some people call this pose Parvatasana.

Step 6: Ashtanga Namaskara

Ashtanga Namaskara

Lower the chest, knees. and the chin. Now the chin, chest, palms, knees, and toes touch the floor. The abdomen, hips, and buttocks should be raised. Ashtanga means eight parts. Two palms, two knees, two feet, chest, and chin form eight parts. Chant the Mantra Om Hurrah or Om Pushne Namaha or Om Hurrah Pushne Namaha.

Step 7: Bhujangasana

Bhujangasana

Lower the hips and buttocks to the floor. Arch the back and push forward the chest. Inhale while doing so. Tilt the head backward and fix the eyesight on the roof. Chant the Mantra Om Hram Hrim (alternatively Om Hram) or Om Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha or Om Hram Hrim Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha (alternatively Om Hram Hiranya Garbhaya Namaha).

Step 8: Adho Mukha Svanasana

Here repeat Step 5. Chant the Mantra Om Hrum Hraim (alternatively Om Hrim) or Om Marichaye Namaha or Om Hrum Hraim Marichaye Namaha (alternatively Om Hrim Marichaye Namaha).

Step 9: Ashwa Sanchalanasana

Repeat Step 4. But there is one difference. Instead of taking the right leg back, take the left leg back. Chant the Mantra Om Hraum Hurrah (alternatively Om Hrum) or Om Adithyaya Namaha or Om Hraum Hurrah Adithyaya Namaha (Alternatively Om Hrum Adithyaya Namaha).

Step 10: Padahastasana

Repeat Step 3. Chant Mantra Om Hram Hrim Hrum (alternatively Om Hraim) or Om Savitre Namaha or Om Hram Hrim Hrum Savitre Namaha (alternatively Om Hraim Savitre Namaha).

Step 11: Hasta Uttanasana

Repeat Step 2. Chant the Mantra Om Hraim Hraum Hurrah (alternatively Om Hraum) or Om Arkaya Namaha or Om Hraim Hraum Hurrah Arkaya Namaha (alternatively Om Hraum Arkaya Namaha).

Step 12: Pranamasana

Repeat Step 1. Chant the Mantra Om Hram Hrim Hrum Hraim Hraum Hurrah (alternatively Om Hurrah) or Om Bhaskaraya Namaha or Om Hram Hrim Hrum Hraim Hraum Hurrah Bhaskaraya Namaha (alternatively Om Hurrah Bhaskaraya Namaha).

Breathing In Surya Namaskar

StepBreathing
1Exhale
2Inhale
3Exhale
4Inhale
5Exhale
6Hold
7Inhale
8Exhale
9Inhale
10Exhale
11Inhale
12Exhale

Surya Namaskar for Beginners

Beginners may find it difficult to practice the Sun Salutation steps. The breathing and Mantras would be harder still. Hence a beginner should not start with Mantras first. Mantras may be added after getting mastery.

There is a simple rule to remember breathing for each step. Inhale while the body is raised or chest is expanded. Exhale while you bring the body down or chest is contracted. Still, you feel it harder, just forget about the breathing and concentrate on the steps. Once you mastered the steps, breathing can be perfected later.

Step 3 and 4 may be difficult for beginners. For Step 3, if you could not the floor with your palms, just try without strain. Within a week or ten days, it will be easier. The same is the case when you try to touch the floor with your knees in Step 4. It will become easier within four to five days. The other steps are not much harder.