Monday, 24 June 2013

Learning sun salutations


Today I going to teach you Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutations as it's more commonly known. It's a relatively simple sequence of yoga asanas (poses) which massages, detoxifies, oxygenates, stimulates almost every organ in the body and brings suppleness to the spine. It's a wonderful way to warm up and stretch or start the day!

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Begin in mountain pose


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On an inhale reach your arms up above your head, then push your pubic bone forward, tighten your buttocks and gently lean backward opening the chest

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On an exhale, fold forward lifting the tale bone. If your hamstrings are tight bend at the  knees in order to keep the body in contact with legs

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On an inhale step back your left leg

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Then your right, into plank position

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On an exhale slowly and with control lower your body towards the ground

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Once down push into your hands and on an inhale sweep forward into cobra

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Lift tailbone and on an exhale come into downward dog

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This is a variation for people with tight hamstrings, keep heels off ground and knees slightly bent

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On an inhale step forward your right leg, then you left

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Slowly coming up on an exhale

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Into standing forward bend, then mountain pose again.
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On an inhale raise your hands up above you head, push your pubic bone forward into another back bend.

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Exhale slowly back down into mountain pose. You can repeat this asana sequence 10-15 times as a warm up to your yoga practice.

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