Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutations A
Many yogis do sun salutations as a warm-up prior to their normal yoga asana routine. I am the complete opposite in this regard. Almost every yoga session that I do is in preparation for Surya Namaskar. I find sun salutations for be utterly transformative. Not necessarily the 12 asanas themselves, but the breath control and the movements in-between the basic poses. It is a movement based meditation.
Once you delve deeply into Surya Namaskar, every inch of movement gains meaning; all of the muscles in your body guiding you, like steps on a journey inward. The twelve asanas eventually cease to be poses at all, and the whole thing becomes a wondrous flow of the body, mind and spirit at once.
There are many variations of Surya Namaskar. This is the version that I first learned, and the one that I reflexively perform.