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Day 22: Salute the Sun

posted on Monday, 22nd September 2014 | find under Tamara, Fitness
Take 30 minutes for yourself with SB ambassador Jo's empowering series of Sun Salutations - 'Surya Namaskar' in Sanskrit.

Jo wears the Mukha yoga vest.

This is a series of eight basic postures that were designed in India thousands of years ago as a way to start your day by honouring the sun. 

It has huge energetic and physical benefits to the body and is a wonderful way to start or end your day!

Basic postures
The eight basic postures, in order of performance, are:
Salute the sun
To perform the sequence, start in Mountain Pose, with your hands together at your heart. Inhale and lift your arms overhead to Salute Upwards, then exhale while lowering the arms down and fold your torso into a Forward Bend.

Inhale to arch your torso into a slight backbend with the fingertips or palms pressed to the floor or blocks, and exhale while bringing your left foot back into a lunge and step back into Plank.
Exhale to lower yourself into a Low Plank (for beginners or those with shoulder injuries, drop your knees chest and chin). On an inhalation, arch your torso up as you straighten your arms into Upward Dog. Exhale back to Downward Dog; step the left foot forward on an inhalation into Lunge. Swing the right leg forward to Forward Fold on an exhalation, then lift your torso and reach your arms overhead on an inhalation to Upward Salute

Finally, lower your arms on an exhalation and return to your starting point, Mountain Pose.
Remember, this is only a half-round; you'll need to repeat the sequence, switching left to right and right to left to complete a full round. 
Sun Salutations build strength, power and flexibility and are very grounding and energising. They open the spine, hamstrings, groin and quadricep muscles, as well as building arm and core strength. As with all yoga poses, moving the body with the breath helps us get out of the head and into the body, calming the mind.
Don't forget to get your 10-a-day with The Detox Kitchen today, then it's time to move onto day 23.
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