Sanskrit Counting

Do you find yourself avoiding eye contact with your Astanga teacher at all costs for fear that he or she will call on you to count a sun salutation? Breathe. Then print yourself a copy of our cheat sheet! It provides English and Sanskrit translations for the numbers and poses of Surya Namaskar (that's sun salutation in English) and even reminds you what breath, inhale or exhale accompanies each movement. Practice a bit, and you'll be volunteering to count before you know it

Sanskrit Counting/Poses for Surya Namaskar A

 

1 ekam urdhva hastasana upward salute inhale
2 dve uttanasana forward fold exhale
3 trīṇi ardha uttanasana spine extension inhale
4 catvāri chaturanga dandasana plank to low plank exhale
5 pañca urdhva mukha svanasana upward facing dag inhale
6 ṣaṭ adho mukha svanasana downward facing dog exhale
7 sapta ardha uttanasana spine extension inhale
8 aṣṭau uttanasana forward fold exhale
9 nava urdhva hastasana upward salute inhale
10 daśa tadasana standing with hands at heart/sides exhale

 

Sanskrit Counting/Poses for Surya Namaskar B

 

1 ekam utkatasana fierce pose (chair) inhale
2 dve uttanasana forward fold exhale
3 trīṇi ardha uttanasana spine extension inhale
4 catvāri chaturanga dandasana plank to low plank exhale
5 pañca urdhva mukha svanasana upward facing dog inhale
6 ṣaṭ adho mukha svanasana downward facing dog exhale
7 sapta virabhadrasana 1 (daksina) warrior A (right side) inhale
8 aṣṭau chaturanga dandasana plank to low plank exhale
9 nava urdhva mukha svanasana upward facing dog inhale
10 daśa adho mukha svanasana downward facing dog exhale
11 ekādaśa virabhadrasana 1 (vama) warrior A (left side) inhale
12 dvādaśa chaturanga dandasana plank to low plank exhale
13 trayodaśa urdhva mukha svanasana upward facing dog inhale
14 caturdaśa adho mukha svanasana downward facing dog exhale
15 pañcadaśa ardha uttanasana float to top of mat, spine extension inhale
16 ṣoḍaśa uttanasana forward fold exhale
17 saptadaśa utkatasana fierce pose (chair) inhale
18 aṣṭādaśa tadasana standing with hands at heart/sides exhale

Created with love by Astanga Vinyasa student and teacher, Amanda Manfredi.  Namaste!

Update! The lovely and brilliant Cheryl Oliver was kind enough to provide me with the diacriticals (those funky markings around the letters that help us figure out how to pronounce this stuff!) and reminds us: "Remember -- all "e"s sound like "ay" & get 2 beats, and all "o"s also get 2 beats (even though they don't have aline over them! :)" Cheryl is a phenomenal teacher of Sanskrit, chanting, and yoga. To catch up with her, visit www.davesastangayoga.com