From Matthew Sweeney's Book Ashtanga Yoga As It Is, which by the way, we are loving.
"...When the complete beginner learns Suryanamaskara, he or she repeats it until it is committed to memory. Self-practice begins with the first class. It does not really mater how well (physically) the individual does it: there should be no judgment on how it looks. Memorizing the practice is vital. This is often more confronting for a beginner than physically doing it...
... Repetition is key aspect of learning. As the postures are committed to memory, there is a correxponding level of trust in the body: you know what you are doing, you know what comes next. There is no anxiety anticipating what the next thing will be. The physical aspect begins to develop with a gradual increase of flexibility and strength as the body and mind syncronise. It is most important to focus on the process rather than the outcome."
So, as Guruji would say
"99% practice 1% therory"