Surya Namaskara – A gift for you

Believe it or not, it was a little difficult coming up with a satisfactory way to start this article.  I’ve wanted to do this piece ever since Charlotte (this beautiful website’s creator) was kind enough to send me her 108 Yoga Pose Drawings as a gift some time ago.  In looking for that perfect article start, I happened upon the last thing Charlotte has to say about these artistic and helpful drawings…and so it begins:

(Quoted from the 108 Yoga Pose Drawing information and order page, by Charlotte)

P.S. In case you’re curious …why 108 poses? The number 108 has spiritual significance across many different cultures and is considered a sacred number in yoga. Malas (meditation beads) have 108 beads plus a guru bead. Yogis sometimes do 108 sun salutations to honour something special (such as spring equinox). So in honour of our home yoga practice and in gratitude for the privilege of teaching, 108 yoga drawings it is!”

Honour and gratitude

Today Charlotte is going to give all of you a gift (she will find out about this when she reads it before posting…unless she just posts it!), and I am going to assist in handing it out – to honour you and your home practice, and in gratitude for your support and your own Yoga teaching.  Not a teacher?  I beg to differ.  We are all students and teachers to each other in all of life’s aspects – our Yoga included.  If you are anything like me, at this point you just want me to shut up and get to ripping open the present, so without further ado…

And the gift is…

Surya Namaskara – or Sun Salutation – and the Adobe PDF download of all eleven postures from Charlotte’s 108 Yoga Pose Drawings!  Why Surya Namaskara?  It is short!  I love it for those mornings when nothing is going the way it should and there is a million things you need to do before jumping off to work, or school, or wherever you may need to go.  Sun Salutations are also fantastic for coffee breaks or lunch breaks at the office too.

Surya Namaskara is a series of eleven asanas (many add prayer pose as a start, increasing the number of poses to twelve) which may be performed on various levels of awareness, from the purely physical to fully incorporating Pranayama, and specific Mantras and Chakra meditation during each pose.  We will focus on the postures themselves, each illustrated directly from the Adobe document you may download at the end of the article.  Please note:  Performing this series twice is considered one round of Surya Namaskara, but it is not necessary if time does not allow.

Surya Namaskara A

Asana (Pose) 108 Yoga Pose Drawings Image
Tadasana – Mountain Pose: This pose promotes happiness, improves posture and creates space within the body. It also strengthens the abdomen and legs, reduces sciatica and helps flat feet among many more benefits. Tadasana
Utthitta Tadasana – Raised Hands Pose: This pose relaxes the back and neck muscles, strengthens shoulders and spine, as well as positively affecting the Thyroid gland. Utthitta Tadasana - Mountain Pose
Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend Pose: This pose stretches legs, spine, and hamstrings. The mind is calmed, and the liver and kidneys are stimulated to help improve digestion. Uttanasana - Standing Forward Bend
Ardha Uttanasana – Half Standing Forward Bend: This pose stretches the front torso, strengthens the back and improves posture It also stimulates the belly and is a good pose for those with back problems. Ardha Uttanasana - Half Standing Forward Bend
Chaturanga Dandasana – Four-Limbed Staff Pose: This pose strengthens the arms, wrists and abdomen, and helps prepare for more difficult poses. Chaturanga Dandasana - Four-Limbed Staff Pose
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog: This pose opens the chest and is very valuable for asthma sufferers. It also helps relieve mild depression and fatigue, as well as stimulating the abdominal organs. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana - Upward Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog: This pose energizes the body, calms the mind, and strengthens the digestive system. It also can help relieve backache and strengthen the back. Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Dog
Ardha Uttanasana – Half Standing Forward Bend: This pose stretches the front torso, strengthens the back and improves posture It also stimulates the belly and is a good pose for those with back problems. Ardha Uttanasana - Half Standing Forward Bend
Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend Pose: This pose stretches legs, spine, and hamstrings. The mind is calmed, and the liver and kidneys are stimulated to help improve digestion. Uttanasana - Standing Forward Bend
Utthitta Tadasana – Raised Hands Pose: This pose relaxes the back and neck muscles, strengthens shoulders and spine, as well as positively affecting the Thyroid gland. Utthitta Tadasana - Mountain Pose
Tadasana – Mountain Pose: This pose promotes happiness, improves posture and creates space within the body. It also strengthens the abdomen and legs, reduces sciatica and helps flat feet among many more benefits. Tadasana

When you order Charlotte’s 108 Yoga Pose Drawings, you receive everything as outlined on the following information and order page, but I want to draw your attention to the Sun Salutations of which you receive the classic Surya Namaskara, an “A” and “B” variation, as well as Chandra Namaskara.  The download below provides you with a complete page of all the postures as illustrated above, in order.  When learning Surya Namaskara, I took my laptop outside with me and sat it in a chair so I could reference the drawings and order of Asanas as I practiced.  Any of these wonderful drawings may be printed as well.

Final words

Charlotte’s 108 Yoga Pose Drawings will allow you to:

  • Create “notes” that you can easily follow when practicing or teaching a class
  • Illustrate yoga postures (even if you aren’t an artist)
  • Create fun, useful, educational materials for your students
  • Get inspired when creating sequences
  • Organize and save your yoga posture sequences
  • Learn the names of yoga poses in English and Sanskrit

On a personal note, I found the drawings to be of great benefit in quickly remembering how the poses are to be performed and in what order; whether you choose to make your own posture sequences or order the postures according to your existing practices.  Wonderful artwork and certainly in touch with the ‘flow’ of Yoga!  I give Charlotte’s 108 Yoga Pose Drawings a perfect score of 5/5 and would recommend them to anyone.

Namaste…

0 thoughts on “Surya Namaskara – A gift for you”

  1. annmarie maxwell

    I believe I just ordered your book but I may have ordered something to be downloading. I’m hoping its a hard copy coming in the mail. Could you please let me know. Thanks

  2. Charlotte Bradley

    Hi Annmarie,
    It is actually a download (not hard copy). I just sent you an email with details so be sure to let me know if you receive it.
    Thanks!
    Charlotte

  3. Just ordered and rec’d the PDF files for you 108 Poses. I love them. I’ve been doing yoga for years so having a stylistic view of the postures with Sanskrit and English suits me perfectly. I printed them all out, picked out a sequence and began my practice.

    They are Art with a capital “A.”

    1. Charlotte Bradley

      Vicky – thank you so much for your kind comments! I am so happy that you have found the drawings helpful. Wishing you all the best over the holidays. Take care!

  4. Hi Charlotte!

    I am so very excited to be able to get your beautifully artistic 108 Asana collection! I tried to download Yoga Font with no success so I’ve been waiting for this exact gift for a while now. What a serendipitous find! I just completed my purchase with the email address jackiejjburns@yahoo.com but, I’d love to receive them at my gmail address if possible. Is there any chance you can send the files to jacquieleigh@gmail.com instead?

    Thanks again for your innovative spirit!

    Namaste,

    Jacquie

    1. Charlotte Bradley

      Hi Jacquie – I sent you an email and a link to your gmail address. Just wanted to check that you got it!
      Charlotte

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