Week 18: Sun Salutations Challenge:
This week, your challenge is all about linking your body, breath and mind with energizing yoga movements called Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar.
The original Surya Namaskar was not just a sequence of yoga postures, but a line of sacred words honoring the sun as a symbol of the Divine – Namaskar means “to bow”.
Today, it’s a popular practice in yoga and consists of 12 simple but powerful poses. It’s really great for getting the blood flowing in your body, improving flexibility, calming your mind, and can even improve digestion!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do your Sun Salutations: www.verywell.com/illustrated-stepbystep-sun-salutation-3567187
It is important to remember to:
- Let every inhalation and exhalation lead you into a next pose – do not force anything.
- Practice your movements with gratitude and think about what you’re thankful for in your life.
- Add mantras such as Om when you breathe out to enhance your level of participation.
- If you’re able to, practice this outside in the sun whenever you can. Feel the rays of the sun on your body as you perform the movements.
Sun Salutations are a perfect practice to awaken your body, focus your mind, and connect you to a sense of gratitude for the new day.
Your challenge this week is to practice Sun Salutations once every day each morning before you begin your day!
Even if you’re not into yoga, I encourage you to give this a try.
Are you in?!