Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) have become the basis for most mainstream yoga asana practices. Ashtanga Yoga was the first to make Sun Salutations the framework for a flowing practice. Since then, other flow-style practices have become quite popular. Think Power Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Ashtanga practitioners cite the meditative aspects of flowing through familiar postures. Once you know the flow, they say, you can let the body take over and set the mind aside. But familiarity can also sometimes...

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