Sun salutes strengthen and lengthen all the major muscle groups and bring deeper focus to the act of breathing. Each movement is coupled with the breath in a sun salutation. This means we get the chance to really focus on deeply inhaling and exhaling while we move. The benefits of bringing breath consciously into and out of the body are many. The slower and deeper you breathe the more calm you become the mind relaxes.
A great way to monitor how you’re feeling during the practice is to notice the breath. If the breath is becoming short and fast, then you may like to slow the practice down so you can maintain a balanced practice that is right for you, your fitness level and how much energy you have on that particular day. Choose from one of the three sun salutation samples provided. The first is a wonderful moving sun salutation to open up the body. The second progresses from that first series with some additional postures you can add for a stronger or longer practice. The third series is a more gentle series for the days you are feeling like you need a more quiet, nurturing practice. This series is also good for those recovering from illness or who are new to a yoga practice.
Sunshine, I salute thee!
First Sun Salutation Series Option – General Yoga Practitioner
Second Sun Salutation Series Option – Beginner[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZENU5_cRJw0]
This is our 3rd option of the Sun Salutation Series with extra steps to move deeper into the hips.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zfFPCjHviCQ]
Here are some ways to make your daily practice do-able:
• Try and practice it the same time everyday. Ideally, it is best to practice it every morning between 4am-8am. This is when the energy of the day (& you) is much quieter and calmer. But practicing it before bed is also fine and can suit some people, such as parents, those who begin work early etc.
• Create a space in your house where you are comfortable. Create a sacred space where you can easily practice each day. You may be able to make a little alter with candles etc or it may simply be that you have a clear space where you can roll out your mat.
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