ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5-Minute Yoga: Sun Salutation

Updated on January 22, 2018
Deborah Demander profile image

Deborah is a writer, healer, and teacher. Her goal is to help people live their best lives everyday by sharing her joy and love of life.

You Can Do Yoga!

Source

Begin With Breath

Yoga is more than just stretching and balancing. It is a way of life. Yoga embraces the whole person, to lead you on a path of well being, physically, mentally, and spiritually. You do not need to embrace a specific religion to enjoy the benefits of yoga. The spirit of yoga welcomes all. What you do need is a desire to grow, and a desire to love yourself beyond where you are today. Yoga is appropriate for all age and skill levels, it's benefits are far reaching.

This series of articles is written for people who have not yet explored yoga, but would like to. It will cover not only some basic poses for beginners, but the philosophy behind yoga. If you want to be more flexible, read on. If you want more balance, then continue. It only takes five minutes a day.

The most important part of a yoga practice is breathing. Becoming aware of the breath is the basis for all poses. Before you begin this or any yoga practice, take a few moments to quiet your mind and focus on your breath.

Breathe deeply and check in with your body. Listen to your breath. Notice how you feel, physically and emotionally. Allow yourself to notice and observe your body, your breath and your emotions.

Before you begin your practice, continue breathing deeply for a few more moments. Allow your mind to connect to your body. Now, you are in a place to begin.

.

Yoga Philosophy

When learning yoga, learning poses typically come before practicing philosophy. It is important to find out that you can do a pose. The struggle with self to overcome fear, hesitation and embarrassment will lead you on a path of growth and increased body awareness.

We all start at the beginning. Not knowing any yoga poses. Not understanding the seemingly complex thought system embraced by the enlightened gurus. At the beginning, we learn. We begin our yoga practice exactly where we are today. We don't worry about where we were yesterday, or where we want to be tomorrow. Today, we begin where we are. We breathe deeply and begin.

As we learn simple poses, our mind slowly overcomes the ego who tears us down at every opportunity. Our true self learns that we are strong, capable, and smart. As we work through each pose, our true self is lifted. There is no perfect pose in yoga. The perfection is found in the practice. The practice of breathing, connecting the mind, body and soul, and the practice of moving through the poses leads us to find perfection in each moment. We forget about being "perfect" and we meet ourselves exactly where we are.

The boost in confidence that follows creates a desire to improve our lives in other areas, and this juncture is where yoga philosophy comes in. The philosophy embraces breath, connection and life. It leads us to a higher place of acceptance and confidence, as we learn that where we are is exactly where we need to be.


Sun Salutation Yoga Basics

Source

5-Minute Yoga: Sun Salutation

Sun Salutation Step-by-Step

The Sun Salutation provides an excellent opportunity to learn basic yoga moves. Done in the morning, it is an excellent way to begin your day. As you stand in mountain pose, be grateful for the rising sun, for the blessings in your life, and for the breath of life you possess. That is the beginning of yoga philosophy.

1. Mountain: Begin by standing in Mountain pose, feet about hip width apart, hands either by your sides or in prayer position. Take several deep breaths. As you breathe, your feet press into the earth, and your head lifts up to the sky. You feel strong, stable and balanced.

2. Hands up: On your next inhale, in one sweeping movement, raise your arms up overhead and gently arch back as far as feels comfortable and safe. Take a moment to express gratitude for the blessings in your life.

3. Head to knees As you exhale, bend forward, bending the knees if necessary, and bring your hands to rest beside your feet. Keeping knees as bent as feels comfortable, feel a gentle stretch in your hamstrings and low back.

4. Lunge: Inhale and step the right leg back. Arms reach overhead as you come into a gentle lunge. If it feels more comfortable, you can keep the right knee on the ground.

5. Plank: Exhale and step the left leg back, coming into plank position. Hold the position and inhale. You can also choose kneeling plank, coming onto both knees.

6. Stick: Exhale and lower yourself as if coming down from a push-up. Only your hands and feet should touch the floor. If it feels more comfortable, you can lower the entire body to the ground,

7. Upward Dog: Inhale and stretch forward and up, bending at the waist, and lifting your chest and shoulders off the ground. Use your arms to lift your torso, but only bend back as far as feels comfortable and safe. Lift your legs up so that only the tops of your feet and your hands touch the floor. It's okay to keep your arms bent at the elbow, if this feels more comfortable.

8. Downward dog: Exhaling, lift from the hips and push back and up. Press your palms and your feet into the mat, as you extend your legs. Keep the knees bent as far as feels comfortable. Gently press the heels toward the earth and lift the hips toward the sky, while opening the fingers wide like starfish.

9. Lunge: Inhale and step the right foot forward, coming back to a lunge. The arms lift overhead.

10. Head to knees: Exhale, bring the left foot forward and step into head-to-knee position, keeping the knees as bent as feels comfortable.

11. Hands up: Inhale and rise slowly while keeping arms extended .

12. Mountain: Exhale, and in a slow, sweeping motion, lower your arms to the sides. End by bringing your hands up into prayer position. Repeat the sequence, stepping with the left leg.


Sun Salutation Demonstration

About Me

I am a certified yoga instructor, massage therapist, and life coach. I want to help everyone achieve their best life, today. Using the tools I've learned in yoga, massage and life coaching, I want to help you improve your life from the inside out.

Yoga is an important component of a complete life, as it combines the essence of breath, movement and feeling. Practicing yoga daily will help with your peace of mind, as well as balance and flexibility.

As I get older, I realize that some things that I used to do are no longer comfortable, so I have adjusted my yoga practice to be realistic for every body type, regardless of age, size, fitness level or experience.

Join me on the journey, as we explore yoga and the benefits of breathing and feeling.


© 2010 Deborah Demander

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Archa Ghodge profile image

      Archa 

      5 years ago from India

      Nice post..most of the illnesses get cured by regular practice of sun salutation.

      You can visit http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/yoga/health-and-w... to know more about the benefits of sun salutation.

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for stopping by sherrylou57, I hope you enjoy the yoga sequence.

      Namaste.

    • sherrylou57 profile image

      sherrylou57 

      7 years ago from Riverside

      I love doing yoga!

    • billips profile image

      billips 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Nice article - you are absolutely right - literally everyone can benefit from yoga, no matter what your age or state of health - I am so glad I started - just wish I had done so many years ago - regards, B,

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for stopping by General, I'm glad you practiced. Yoga is great for reducing stress.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile image

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      I practiced yoga the basic one hehehe and it is very effective in easing out stress. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for reading Micky Dee

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very good. The video is a nice "go with". Thanks Deborah!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)