It’s been a hard week and the strain of the events of this world are weighing on all of us. Fortunately, yoga has become a popular way to unwind, center and rest our minds. The Sun Salutation is a great way to start your practice as it gets your whole body moving as well as focusing your mind on the present moment.
The Sun Salutation
The Sun Salutation consists of a series of twelve poses that sequentially work in tandem to move your body, build strength and relax all at once. The twelve postures include, but are not limited to, standing mountain pose, standing forward fold, low lunge, upward salute, plank pose and ending with a relaxed spine. Simply following the postures as mentioned, each move can help bring you a sense of inner peace.
For those of us who may have had little to no yoga experience, trying to remember each and every step of the Sun Salutation can be overwhelming. An instructor can be helpful for motivation and to further understand the foundations of yoga postures. But if the studio environment isn’t currently an option, there’s no need to fear. There are plenty of online resources to watch and follow along with.
The numerous benefits of doing yoga include easing physical pain, increasing stamina and focus, reducing stress and allowing freedom to be present. Each pose included within the Sun Salutation provides something unique to your practice. Each move can assist in strengthening the core and legs, help with flexibility, practice balance and even open up your chest, shoulders and hips — all aiding relaxation and stress control.
Practicing the Sun Salutation doesn’t just have to be done in a studio. Whether you have access to a home practice space or have to work in a living room, bedroom or even outdoors, finding a comfortable space for your yoga practice can be a great way to make time for you. As easy as having a couple of blocks and a towel, you can make for a comfortable accessible practice space.
Practicing yoga, especially the Sun Salutation, can always be beneficial and provide an overall sense of well-being. Of course, movement should never be forced or painful — if something doesn’t feel right, one should always take a pause. But, those folks trying to relax and rejuvenate their mind should certainly consider adding the Sun Salutation into their routine.