Sun Salutation. What is it?
“Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation, is a series of postures that warms, strengthens, and aligns the entire body. It serves as an all-purpose yoga tool, kind of like a hammer that’s also a saw and a screwdriver, if you can imagine such a thing”. – Richard Rosen, yogajournal.
Full Body Yoga Flow
Wake up and salute the sun! I have to share this with everyone out there, if you can take 5 minutes to do this basic yoga sequence every day, whether in the morning or at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, JUST DO IT because this routine is great for the whole body, the mind, and the soul.
I know not everyone feels like they have the time, the motivation or the confidence to go to the gym, workout and do sports.
So that is why I really want to, I really NEED to share this with you, because MAKING TIME for yourself, for your body, for your mind, and for your overall health is vital to life. And the best thing about this “LAZY” yoga sequence that I love to practice, is you don’t need to go to the gym, you don’t need to use any equipment. All you need is yourself and your living room floor/bedroom floor/garden/some space where you can move. Anywhere you want where you are the most comfortable. This yoga practice is great for beginners and those who can’t bring themselves to do a longer workout, or you just simply can’t make enough time to workout longer, but still want to feel good and give your body and mind the exercise it needs. Now, I’m no yoga expert, but I am very thankful that my friend ( who IS a certified yoga teacher) taught me this sun salutation sequence. I have now been doing this yoga practice for the past two and half years, and it has helped me in so many ways.
It’s important to make time for yourself. Never forget that. It will enormously contribute to your self-confidence.
How do you we do it? Watch the demonstration video below to see my beginners sequence of the Sun Salutation 🙂
There are many variations and modifications of the sequence, depending on you and your level. Yoga is very flexible (no pun intended) you can take it at your own pace and at your own level where you are the most comfortable. This yoga practice can be a full work out yoga practice in and on itself. You can repeat the sequence for 15-30 minutes. Depending on your speed; flow from one pose to the next with speed will warm and awaken your body, giving you more energy for the day. Flow more smoothly and slowly from one pose to the next will help you unwind and relax, giving you calm and rest. My “LAZY” 5 minutes yoga sequence has 24 repetitions, 12 for each leg. Which I love to practice every morning before my longer yoga or pilates sessions, and on my rest days where I don’t work out. Namaste everyone 🙂
Top Tip: If you are finding it a bit tiring and can’t YET do 24 repetitions in 5 minutes. Then don’t worry! I’m so happy that you took the time to do this yoga sequence. Salute to you! Now, to help you get there, set a timer for 5 minutes and do the sequence at your own pace, don’t worry about getting to 24 just yet. With each practice, try and beat your previous session. The more you practice, the easier and faster you’ll become! You’ll be doing 24 repetitions in less than 5 minutes in no time 🙂 Just keep doing it every day!
For more in-depth information and other yoga practices, check out https://www.yogajournal.com/ here you can find step by step information and yoga videos.
PS: This sun salutation practice has helped me find my motivation to practice and work on myself and my body. Because trust me when I say, working out and fitness was not something I did for fun or willingly participated in, it was a journey.