Pranam means salutation and asana is a posture. Pranamasana is the posture of prayer or salutation. It is also the starting and finishing pose of the asana series Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation. This pose is one of those wonderfully simple ones that can be practiced easily at any place and moment in time. It is very useful for getting you back to center when you feel a little out of balance or just in need of some extra inner nourishment. This pose is also an ideal one for prayers and chanting mantras.
How to get into the pose:
Stand straight with your feet together focusing on the perfection of the pose and the spine being aligned and your posture being erect. Join the palms in the center of your chest and inhale. Take a moment to go inward, share a mantra or prayer with yourself and be grateful. Then exhale and release while pushing your hands down, straightening and lowering the arms until the elbows touch the sides of your body. You may keep your eyes closed or stare straight ahead.
The Benefits of Pranamasana:
This asana gives balance to your body and eases your nervous system and body. Anyone who can stand erect can practice this asana without any precautions or guidance.
As you continue to cultivate a yoga practice remember that what you are doing right now is perfect and there is no wrong way to go about it. Your intent for working on better health and wellness through a yoga practice is what brought you here at this very moment. Please allow us to assist you by attending a yoga class at one of our Centers or a yoga workshop. Visit the calendar to see all of the upcoming opportunities.