Everyone needs a little pick-me-up in the morning. Some prefer coffee, some tea, and some opt for a run.
The Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskar, is a series of flowing yoga positions meant to be performed in the rays of the early morning sun. This sequence of positions is believed to be 2,500 years old and was originally developed as a way to honor or worship the sun. Of course, as with any culture, the positions have changed over time to what is commonly practiced in yoga today.
There are many benefits associated with performing these yoga moves every morning. Yoga tends to involve the whole body, so the benefits are vast.
According to Patheos, these include:
- Improved digestive health
- Improved nervous system health
- Improved circulation
- Improved heart health
- Improved respiratory function
- Improved glandular health
- Muscle toning
- Fat reduction
…and much more.
How to Perform the Sun Salutation
1. Begin in Mountain pose.
2. Raise the arms over the head, move the hips forward, tighten the buttocks and open the chest. (Inhale)
(Less of an arch can be used for beginners.)
3. Fold forward, tailbone up, place the hands next to the feet. (Exhale)
4. Bring the right foot back, press down on the heel of the back foot, lengthen the spine. (Inhale)
5. Bring the left foot back into plank position; think long spine. (Hold breath)
6. Bring knees, chin, and chest to the floor. (Exhale)
7. Move forward into Cobra. (Inhale)
8. Lift the tailbone into Downward Dog. (Exhale)
9. Bring the right foot forward into a lunge position. (Inhale)
10. Bring the left foot forward into a forward fold. (Exhale)
Give this a try in the morning for more energy and improved health!
Here is a video for beginners!