Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yoga Pose of the Day: Sun Salutation A

Every morning I like to wake up and begin my day with a nice cup of tea and a few rounds of Sun Salutation A, or Surya Namaskar.

The Sun Salutation is a series of 12 postures that performed in a particular order in a flowing, non-stop manner. The transitions between each posture is dependent on your breathing. The order of postures is set up so that they contrast the previous and folllowing postures; this give your body and muscles the best stretch and invigoration you need to start your day and loosens up your joints.

1-Being in Mountain Pose.
2-As you inhale, raise your arms overhead, creating a slight backbend.
3-On your exhalation, swan dive your arms down to your feet, to create Forward Fold. Keeping your torso straight and active, only hinging at the waist. Remember, lead with your chest, not your head.
4-Inhale and place your left leg back behind you and come down into Crescent Pose.
5-As you exhale, bring your right leg back to meet your left and hold yourself in a plank.
6-On your next exhalation, perform Chatarunga.
7-Inhale into Upward Dog.
8-Exhale into Downward Dog.
9-On your next inhalation, bring your right leg forward into Crescent Pose.
10-Exhale, bringing your left foot up to meet your right and come into Forward Fold.
11-As you take your next inhalation, swan dive your arms upwards, over your head, creating a small back bend.
12-Exhale and bring your body back to Mountain Pose.

Repeat the series at least three times.

Enjoy and Namaste.

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