Sun salutation is a sequence of stretches geared towards calming, and warming the body. Typically, I'd flow through the sequence about 5 to 10 times. However, if you are just starting out, 3 to 5 times would be a good place to start. As a beginner I’d suggest you start at 3 rounds and work your way up to 5 or more. It’s a fairly simple flow, but you want to actually receive the benefits from doing it, therefore, breathing and being able to flow fluidly is more important than how many times you can do it. Allow yourself to build a little stamina and then GO FOR IT!! 5 times, 10 times, even 20 times if you’re feeling courageous.
Benefits of sun salutation include:
•Calming the mind, and body
•Stretches and builds muscles
•Good for the heart, which is good for blood flow.
•Good for digestion.
•It really feels awesome
Ok so here it is!!
Steps to Sun Salutation A
Starting from mountain pose inhale and reach arms straight overhead and back.
Exhale and release into a forward fold
Inhale again bringing the torso and head up. Half forward fold. Try to keep as flat a back as possible. Gaze straight down to keep neck aligned with spine.
Exhale as you release back down, and walk hands forward into a plank position.
Inhale and move into cobra pose. Keep wrists and shoulder aligned.
Exhale and come into downward dog.
Inhale and walk hands back until you’ve come into half forward bend position.
Exhale and move into full forward bend with hands on floor, behind ankles or on shins in (front of calves)
Inhale and slowly roll back up reaching arms overhead and back.
Exhale and Bring hands to chest with palms touching. (Mountain pose)
Tip: If you would like to relax into this flow, slow it down and hold each pose for 4 to 5 breaths.
Give it a try, and let me know how it goes.