Salute the Sun

Learn a yoga routine that stretches all muscle groups with a flowing sequence called Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. Not only does it improve the body's flexibility but it also helps regulate breathing and focus the mind. It's an energy giving sequence designed to make you strong, powerful, glowing and confident. Once you are familiar with the routine you can do it at home on your own but first get help from a yoga teacher to ensure you are doing the postures correctly.
Surya Namaskar is a humble adoration of the light, and insight of the self, so it's important to practice the Sun Salutation with a spirit of respectful devotion. Turn your awareness inward and make every movement mindful. INHALE & EXHALE Each movement, from posture to posture, is made easier by either an inhalation or an exhalation. As you move watch your breath closely. If your breathing speeds up too much, slow your pace and rest. Always breathe through your nose, not your mouth. Nasal breathing filters and warms incoming air and slows your breathing down, allowing your mind to move into a more meditative state. During my Sun Salutations, I feel I am 'drinking' the sun light, just as a plant does. I directly receive infinite sun power, with infinite light and wisdom. It has a greatly beneficial effect on the mind.' Blogger Andressa V. da N'bregais SUN SALUTATION Surya Namaskar Repeat this sequence moving the left leg back first, then the right. This completes a full round of Surya Namaskar. Do as many as you want. Start with two rounds and work up to more. 1 Start in Tadasana, with your back straight, arms relaxed and knees and feet together. Then, bring the palms of your hands together at chest height, in prayer position. 2 Inhale and lift your arms overhead to Urdhva Hastasana (keep your shoulders from moving up), then exhale while lowering the arms down and folding your torso into Uttanasana. Place your hands on the floor on either side of your feet. 3 Press your hands into the floor, inhale and exhale while bringing your right foot back into a lunge. Keep your right leg straight and look up, rolling your shoulders back. 4 As you breathe out, bring your left leg back to join your right. 5 Inhale forward to Plank pose, then exhale and lower yourself into Chaturanga Dandasana. On an inhalation, arch your torso up as you straighten your arms into Upward Dog. 6 Exhale back to Downward Dog; step the right foot forward on an inhalation into Lunge. Swing the left leg forward to Uttanasana on an exhalation, then lift your torso and reach your arms overhead on an inhalation to Urdhva Hastasana. Finally, lower your arms on an exhalation and return to your starting point, Tadasana.

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