I’ve just arrived in Sydney to catch up with family, friends and most importantly to meet baby Matilda, my beautiful new niece. I’m away for a week and some of my students have been asking me how to keep up their practice while I’m away (yay…the yoga addiction begins!!). Doing Sun Salutations every day are a great way to start getting into your own Yoga practice, outside of classes.
About Sun Salutations:
- Sun Salutations are also known as Surya Namaskar. There are two main types - A and B. The Sanskrit word namaskar stems from namas, which means “to bow to” or “to adore.”
- Practicing Sun Salutations are a good workout for the entire body – stretching, flexing and toning the muscles and a great way to get the heart-rate going. They also help to clear and focus the mind.
FIVE TIPS FOR DOING SUN SALUTATIONS
1. You don’t have to wait for the sun to come out…
Although it’s ideal to do your Sun Salutations when the sun is out, if you waited to see the sun in London, you’d rarely ever get on your mat! You can do Sun Salutations at any time of the day or night. I personally love starting my day with 3 x Sun Salutation A’s and 3 x Sun Salutation B’s. They are a great way to warm up the body and it will only take you about ten minutes, so there is no reason why you can’t do the same. On a sunny day, why not take your mat outside and try practicing in the park.
2. Be creative
In my classes, I always add variations to Sun Salutation B’s. You can do your B’s with a Warrior 1, Warrior 1 to 2, Lunge, Lunge with Twist…there are so many options so be creative!
3. Listen to your body
When you are starting out with Yoga, you might be tempted to imitate your Yoga teacher or fellow students but always remember that each person is different and there are different levels of flexibility. Listen to your body and only do as much as your body can take. And when your teacher says bend your knees…please bend them!
4. Vary your speed
Practicing Sun Salutation at different speeds (slow, medium or fast) can have different effects. If done at a slow pace, it can help strengthen and tone body muscles. A few rounds of quick Sun Salutations can be a great cardio workout.
5. Practice regularly
Be regular and committed to your yoga practice. To achieve best results, ensure that you practice Sun Salutations regularly. To quote Krishan Verma, senior Sri Sri Yoga teacher, “It is better to practice daily for 20 minutes than to practice for an hour occasionally.”
My challenge to you is to try starting your day with an energising Yoga practice rather than a big cup of coffee and then let me know how you feel.