Yoga: Sun Salutation I
Eating right is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, but let’s not forget that physical activity also plays a major role. This is why we’ve decided to start Workout Wednesday! Our goal is to share with you some of our favorite ways to be physically active while following the Fat Flush Lifestyle.
I’ll begin by showing you one of my favorite yoga series, or vinyasas, the Sun Salutation. There are many variations of this sequence, and I welcome you to adjust each pose to your skill level and comfort!
Today, I will highlight the first three asanas of my Sun Salutation: Mountain Pose, Standing Forward Bend, and Halfway Lift.
Ground your feet shoulder-width apart and stand tall, keeping your abdomen tight and your pelvis in line over your legs. Relax your shoulders, but do not slouch, and rest your arms at your side. Lift the crown of your head to stand at your full height. Remain here for a few deep breaths, centering yourself. Mountain pose is very good for improving your posture and calming your mind.
Standing Forward Bend
Reach forward toward your feet, but don’t strain if your hands don’t touch the floor. Hang loosely and completely relax your arms and neck. You may turn your head gently from side to side to help relieve tension in your neck. Keep your abdomen tight, and turn your tailbone towards the sky. Focus on breathing deeply, and settle into the stretch a bit more with each breath. This pose can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Standing forward bend is also known to ease the symptoms of menopause, asthma, headaches and insomnia while also improving digestion and stimulating the kidneys, liver and spleen.
Starting from the Standing Forward Bend position, use your lower abdominal muscles and hamstrings to raise your torso upward while inhaling to make a flat surface with your back. Your arms should hang relaxed towards the floor, but your neck and head should be in line with your back. This pose is wonderful for strengthening the muscles in your back, which can help improve your posture. Allow yourself to fold forward again into Standing Forward Bend as you exhale. You may repeat this a few times as desired.
Take a few moments as you move through each pose to clear your mind and put good intentions into your body. Keep practicing, and please check back next Wednesday to learn the next few moves of my Sun Salutation!