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Jun 22

Sun Salutations

The Sun Salutation is the most common of all the sequences in the physical practice of yoga.  It is short and powerful.  For both the novice and the veteran this moving meditation connects the body, mind and spirit as it flows with the rhythm of your own breathing.

“Meditation is not a means to an end.  It is both the means and the end.”  ~ Jiddhu Krishnamurti

Traditionally performed at dawn facing the east these twelve postures take less than a minute to perform each cycle.  Twelve repetitions (or six pairs) of the sequence takes the body through a full range of motion in ten minutes.  Simple and suited to nearly all levels of fitness the Sun Salutations are the reset button of the morning, reducing tension as they energize the body and mind.  An easy addition to any daily routine, the benefits of this time tested and honored practice are of great value whether you’re in recovery or not.

Physical Benefits:

  • Increases oxygenation and circulation throughout the body
  • Tones and strengthen all major muscle groups
  • Increases flexibility and promotes muscular relaxation
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Stimulates the endocrine and lymphatic systems
  • Beneficial for reaching and maintaining proper weight

Mental, Emotional and Spititual Benefits:

  • An immediate and powerful way to change your state anytime
  • Develops inner focus and mental concentration
  • Enhances memory, clarity and motivation
  • Reduces cortisol levels to relieve depression, anxiety and stress
  • Increases serotonin levels to promote happiness and a sense of well being
  • Fosters a deep sense of peace and connection with the Divine

Inhaling with each stretch and exhaling with every fold experiment with the following chart or watch the videos at the bottom of the post to begin your own practice.

 

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