Workout Wednesday: Sun Salutation
Happy Workout Wednesday!
Today we are focusing on one of the very best things you can do for your body- yoga… and more importantly, the Sun Salutation.
A Sun Salutation is a specific combination of yoga poses (asanas) that are done repeatedly. It’s meant as a way to warm up the body and move and stretch all of the major muscle groups. It is an amazing workout in it’s own right, but is also great to do before or after any workout you are doing at any time.
Depending on the type of yoga you are doing, Sun Salutations can look a bit different. But most all of them hit a few key movements, and then add some “flair”. I will be going over each basic movement, and then showing you a few variations.
Sun Salutations are meant to be in connection to the breath, so you will also see “inhale” and “exhale” notes on the photos below.
A lot of these motions will feel really funny the first time you do them, but with time, they start to feel very natural. In many of these poses, you should feel a slight stretch of the muscle, but please never ever do anything that hurts. If you are feeling pain, either you are doing the pose wrong, or you are somehow injured- stop immediately and seek professional help.
As with most things, yoga is best learnt in the classroom environment, taught by a reputable teacher. But, for those of us that can’t afford to go to a studio, there are many books and videos on the subject. If you enjoy this sun salutation, I fully recommend looking to increase your study through one of these mediums.
Love and Joy,
- Moon Salutation Poses (yoga.answers.com)
- 8 Tips to Improve Your Sun Salutation Pose in Yoga (yoga.answers.com)
- Why salute the sun? (peaceoffthemat.wordpress.com)
- Yoga Poses as Workout Routines (dharmaauthor.com)
- Tuesday motivation. (pearlsandsass.wordpress.com)