Yoga for Absolute Beginners: Sun Salutations

Beginner I

Now that you know how to sit comfortably, David takes you through one of the most common movements in yoga, called a sun salutation. He shows you ways to adapt the sequence to your needs so you can join any class, anywhere, whether it's another class on this site or in a local yoga studio. This class is a part of a 'Yoga for Beginners' series. Moksana Yoga Studio donated their space for the filming of this class.



Existing Comments

November 12, 2020

I can't tell you how many yoga videos I've stopped over the years when they got to Sun Salutations and I got too frustrated to continue. The flow has always been too fast for me to follow safely and I have never been able to figure out the transitions from one movement to the next.. This video is perfect!! Thank you so much for your patient instruction, repetition of concepts, and suggested modifications. This morning was the first time I have actually been able to do Sun Salutations and I LOVED it!

May 14, 2020

Thank you David. I tend to hyperventilate when I follow along with most videos, I think because the movements between poses are too fast for my normal respiration rate, but I don't have as much difficulty with your videos. I do wonder if you've worked at all with people who suffer with vertigo (positional and possibly also a mild case of Meniere's in my case). If so, do you find that the vertigo they have during the routine improves like strength and flexibility does as they practice more? Vertigo during some poses is pretty unpleasant. I'm just wondering if I can expect it to get better or if I should assume this will be something I'll just need to live with.

May 20, 2020

Hi there, I don’t know if this is an appropriate for me to comment On this but I couldn’t help hearing someone suffering from vertigo. I suffered with vertigo for several years. It was just terrible. I asked and searched all over for a cure. Many people in my age group seem to have it but no one knew how to cure it. Took a long time but I came across a Physiotherapist clinic offering Vertigo Treatment. It is called Back In Motion (in Vancouver, BC area). Therapist I saw was terrific. He knew exactly what is was and how to fix it. I am now clear of it for many years and know how to prevent it from happening. If you don’t live in my area then you can look for a physiotherapist in your area who specialize in head/inner ear/brain area.

October 20, 2019

David is wonderful at explaining everything in this video. Loved this practice for YTT.

October 4, 2019

David: First, as a totally new person starting yoga, I appreciate everything shown to me thus far. Some comments---I personally have difficulty in hearing you, especially6 when you lower your head/face. Second, would like the 'meaning' of the art behind you with the primary/secondary colors? Also, the meaning of the characters inside--what does it say/mean? Third and finally, would like to know if you personally are a Ukrainian or Russian. I am 100% Ukrainian. Thank you sir. Joe STRAHOSKY

January 7, 2019

This sun salutation class is such a great addition to the return to yoga series for seniors. I needed just a little more.... and there you are! Thank you David and the DO YOGA WITH ME family.

January 4, 2019

Thank you David, I’m just returning to yoga and this was an excellent beginning.

December 15, 2018

Thank you! Excellent instruction. I feel that I can now progress in my sun salutations.

November 8, 2018

I started attending a yoga studio near home, but they never explained to me the postures like this. Now I feel empowered. I travel a lot with my job, as I am a flight attendant, and this videos are excellent for my stays at hotel rooms. Thank you for being there!

ginny sutter
May 10, 2018

So helpful! I am having trouble w/ going from Downward to foot btwn hands. I am improving, THANK YOU! SOUND THING:It is soft for me too. It helped to turn up my hear

February 2, 2018

i was hoping you would discuss what beginners with tight hamstrings should do. What to do if your forward folds with straight back don't reach all the way down.

David Procyshyn
February 8, 2018

You don't really need to do anything different. Go to where you feel the stretch while maintaining a flat back and hold the pose while breathing and allowing the tight muscles to relax.

Michael DC
January 31, 2018

David, thank you for such a good introduction to yoga. I have a class of senior beginners that will benefit from what I have learned from you.

January 15, 2018

I really love these videos, but for some reason I can't hear them very well. I've tested that it isn't just my computer and I made sure the volume was up on both the computer and the video - is there something I'm missing? Do only subscribers get the right volume?

David Procyshyn
January 16, 2018

Hi there. The volume sounds fine on my end and it's no different whether you're a free or paying member. Is the volume on this video lower than others for you, or are they all the same?

February 8, 2018

Hi David! First of all - you are a GREAT teacher for us "beginners or reacquainters"! I had the same volume issues with Beginners Session 2 & 3. I am watching on an iPad. My volume was at 100% and the volume on the video (bottom slide bar located within video) was also at 100%. It was definitely softer/harder to hear your voice then Session #1 and also a different beginner class I had completed earlier in week. Just wanted to chime in as I saw your questions. Namaste

July 12, 2017

Lovely flowing sun salutation incorporating lessons from the 2 foundation session. Thank you

June 16, 2017

I have been practising for many years but I like to do a beginner class sometimes.

This class is wonderful for practising mindful yoga.

Thank you David