Welcome to week 5 of Yoga Workshop Fridays. You can check out the first post here.
Since July had 5 Fridays, we are going to continue with the yoga basics theme and put what we learned in the previous weeks all together for Sun Salutation A.
This series will be each Friday explaining how to do a particular pose leading up to a peak pose on the last Friday of the month. Throughout this series, I ask that you listen to your body to prevent injury and warm up for a pose when needed.
Disclaimer: Though I am a certified yoga instructor, please consult your doctor before you begin practice and note that everyone’s practice may look a bit different as you align the pose to your body.
Today we will put together everything we have learned from the previous weeks into a flow called Sun Salutation A.
Instead of pictures, I put together a short youtube video for you demonstrating sun salutation A. To see each of the pictures and more of a breakdown, check out the previous weeks posts (tadasana, forward fold, downdog, plank and chaturanga).
Begin in Tadasana pose, inhale and lift your arms overhead, creating length in your spine, palms facing in and relax the shoulders down your back. Exhale, hinging from the hips, as you fold forward. Inhale coming halfway up, placing the hands on the shins and lengthening the spine. Exhale plant the hands on the mat and step back to plank pose. Exhale lowering down through chaturanga, elbows straight back, lowering in one piece (you can always come to your knees). Inhale come forward and press into hands staying low in cobra or pressing all the way up to upward facing dog. Exhale lift the hips, tuck the toes and come to downward facing dog. Take a couple breaths here. Then on an exhale, soften the knees and bring your gaze forward, walking or hopping to the top of the mat. Exhale folding forward. Inhale slowly rising up to standing bringing the arms overhead and then exhale the arms by your side back to tadasana.
Circulates the blood flow in your body
Great for any time of the day whether to energize or unwind
Works your whole body
Be sure to share your poses on Instagram, tagging @bridgesthroughlife and hashtags #bridgesthroughlife #yogaworkshopFridays
I hope you enjoy this series. If you have any suggestions for what poses you would like me to break down, leave a comment or send me an email [email protected]
Next week begins a new month of poses leading to a new peak pose!!