Sun Salutation Contraindications
As the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is a 12 poses sequence done with the flow of energy with proper breathing, it requires a certain physical strength for beginners. Hence this sequence does have its limitations and should not be performed if one is suffering from certain ailments. The muscles in this yoga pose are put to work continuously, so it is better done with good guidance at the time of learning. Below are some of the contraindications of this sequence.
- Bodily Weakness: Since this is an involved yoga sequence, care should be taken if one has general body weakness or muscle and bone weakness.
- Bad Back: In Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar), the spine expands and contracts putting pressure on the lower back and hip. Hence someone with a very bad back or injured back should certainly avoid this even if one has practiced this for years. It is essential to take a yoga teacher's guidance or start slowly once the yoga practitioner has recovered from the back ailment or injury.
- Pregnant Women: Not advisable to be done by pregnant women as this puts pressure on the back and the abdominal area.
- High Blood Pressure: People suffering with high blood pressure should avoid this sequence. But with proper guidance from a yoga teacher and for someone not elderly can begin this yoga pose slowly and carefully.
- Heart Problem: Someone with heard problem is advised to consult a physician before practicing Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar). Remember that the age factor does play a big role for someone with heart conditions.
- Arthritis: Knee strength plays an important role with the various postures in Surya Namaskar. So someone who has severe arthritis leading to knee stiffness, should take it slow or avoid this sequence.
- Wrist Injury: Injury at the wrist will make the sequence difficult as pressure on the wrists in poses like Cobra Pose, Adho Mukha Svanasana and going down to Eight Limb Pose would cause more stress and injury to the wrists.
Thus to conclude, someone who is new to yoga and has one or more of the above ailments needs proper guidance from a yoga teacher or someone who is experienced in yoga after consultation from a physician. One needs to work on Sun Salutation sequence intelligently while keeping the impact on the muscles in mind at each pose.