Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sun Salutation

One of the best ways to incorporate easy yoga poses into your workout is with the Sun Salutation. 

The Sun Salutation A has 9 positions and it is good to start with this for a warm up session.

Then onto Sun Salutation B which has 17 positions, this will warm up your body quickly.

Make sure you do Yoga on an empty stomach, the best time of the day is just before breakfast or just before dinner, when you have the greatest amount of energy.
1. Stand with both feet touching. Bring your hands together, palm to palm, at the heart. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed. Exhale.

2. Raise your arms upward. Slowly bend backward, stretching arms above the head. Relax your neck. Inhale.

3. Exhale while you slowly bend forward until your hands are in line with your feet, touching your head to your knees, if possible. Press your palms down, fingertips in line with toes (bend your knees if you have to), and touch the floor.

4. Move your right leg back behind your body in a wide lunge. As you inhale, keep your hands and feet on the ground, with your left foot between your hands, and raise your head.

5. Bring your left foot together with your right foot.

6. Exhale as you lower your body, resting on your forearms.

7. As you inhale, lower your pelvis to the ground and raise your head and bend backward as far as possible, while straightening your arms.

8. Putting your hand on the ground and keeping your arms straight, raise your hips and align your head with your arms. Exhale.

9. Slowly inhale and bend your right leg to take a wide forward step. Keeping your hands firmly on the ground, place your right foot between your hands and lift your head up.

10. Keeping your hands in place, bring both feet together. Straighten your legs but keep your waist bent and upper body lowered. Touch your head to your knees, if possible. Exhale.

11. Slowly rise, straightening your back into a standing pose. Bend backward, stretching your arms above your head as you inhale.

Work up to doing 3-5 Sun Salutations B comfortably all in a row, while keeping the breathing smooth.

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