When people ask me where to start in yoga, I always refer them to the Sun Salutations.

The poses in the Sun Salutations provide a foundation to a yoga practice in that you get to learn how to move with your breath while learning how to engage your core and listen to your body.

Sun Salutations, when practiced alone, provide a great and refreshing yoga practice, especially when crunched for time. Why not start your mornings off on in the right direction with this short practice?

As always, honor your body where it’s at. It’s not about perfection; it’s about progress. Keep coming back to your mat every day and you’ll find that not only will your body begin to transform, but your mind, as well.

The following Sun Salutation is from a style of yoga called Ashtanga. Ashtanga is a very physically demanding style of yoga, one of which links each movement with a breath, essentially turning the practice into a meditation in motion.

Take notice to start the breath before the movement, and let it guide you into the next pose.

 

Sun Salutation A:

Mountain pose

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Inhale and raise arms overhead

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Exhale to reach for your feet in a forward fold

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Inhale and raise your heart to half forward fold

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And while exhaling, step back into Plank then down to Chaturanga in a single exhale

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Inhale into upward facing dog

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Exhale into downward facing dog

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Hold downward facing dog for 5 breaths

1…2…3…4…5…

Inhale and step forward to the top of the mat into half forward fold

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Exhale into forward fold

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Inhale to stand while raising your arms over head

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Exhale and lower your hands in prayer to your heart then lower them to your side for Mountain Pose

Repeat 5 times

 

 

 

The images have been sourced from http://www.ashtangayoga.info


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