Linking breath and movement is an important foundation of the Ashtanga practice.
"Breathing is very important. Without breathing, the spiritual mind and body are not coming. There is a method to breathing. That is Vinyasa."
-Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois
Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar are the way we begin our practice. They're designed to warm the body from the inside. They also shift our focus to the internal practice and connect our breath and movement.
"But first you start with Surya Namaskar. Surya Namaskar is a prayer to the sun."