Surya Namaskar: A complete Yoga exercise, stretching almost every muscle
My father took a yoga class in his late 50ies, and became absolutely obsessed with it. He continued practising until he was 89, when he died. He taught me this exercise, Surya Namaskar, which is one of the most iconic and famous yoga exercises. You see people practising it at dawn throughout the countryside, for instance, during a train journey.
It is meant to be a complete exercise, and to stretch every muscle in the body. 12 repetitions in a row are recommended as a minimum, 108 at an ideal.
My father told me to build up to it. I did not see why I should, and did 108 the first day I learnt it, aged 12, taking much of the day. The next day I was so stiff I could hardly walk.
I used to be able to do 12 in my twenties without any trouble. Now I struggle with a few.
However, it is very time efficient, as just a few reps do help to make you feel stretched and invigorated!!