Dear friends, 😀
Here is another Yoga video that I had found and it has the Sun Salutation Pose which my Yoga instructor taught us 2 days ago. One of the great benefits I found from breathing slow and deep along with the Yoga movements is that my abdominal muscles have become much tighter and stomach is now flatter! Whoooo….hoooo! 😀
When we do deep breathing, we are actually breathing at our stomach level, e.g. when we put our palms onto our abdomen while we are inhaling, we can feel the stomach rising; and when we exhale, the stomach is falling inwards. When this is combined with the Yoga exercises, we are also working on our abdominal muscles all the time. How wonderful indeed! 😀
If you do only a little Yoga each day, do Sun Salutations.
For people with limited time, the Sun Salutations exercise every muscle and joint while stimulating all the major organs. The name itself means to give reverence to the internal sun as well as to the external sun, the creative force that radiates inside as well as outside the body.
Sun Salutation is a series of 12 poses linked by a continuous flowing motion, and accompanied by five deep breaths. Do this series twice in a row every morning and evening, more if you desire (i.e. 2 sets of Sun Salutations twice a day. That’s all :D). As always in yoga, do it slowly and consciously.
I did some research on the Internet, especially at some dedicated Yoga sites, and found out some great benefits of doing the Sun Salutation Pose :-
1) it enhances the function of our digestive tract
2) it improves our sensitivity to taste
3) the daily postures makes us burn calories and fight obesity
4) this pose works as a tonic by creating a healthy circulation and speeding up the elimination process in our body, thereby removing toxins more effectively
5) our strength, muscle tone and coordination are much improved
6) during the physical movements, our blood is oxygenated and the breathing passageways are opened…and in turn, our body becomes more relaxed, flexible and we are less stressed
7) some Yoga students practise the Sun Salutation just to keep depression at bay, as anxiety and stress levels are much reduced, thus improving the quality of life
For people with limited time, doing the Sun Salutation is the best and is considered the “mother” of all Yoga postures or asanas, and is often recommended for countering obesity.
Sun Salutation Video
Note – the lady in the video is going through the Sun Salutation in one very fast motion….but it is okay for us to do it at a slower pace, just follow our breathing. That’s why it is important to do deep and slow breathing, otherwise, we will end up holding our breaths most of the time because we ran out of breath before the pose is finished! 🙄
Here are the instructions for doing the Sun Salutation :-
- Stand up straight with your feet together and your hands in prayer fashion. Feel awareness of the whole body.
- Inhale as you raise your arms up over your head, arching your back slightly.
- Exhale as you bend forward and bring your hands towards the floor. Keep your knees slightly bent and let your head hang relaxed.
- Inhale as you reach the right leg back while bending the left leg into a lunge.
- Slowly begin to exhale as you place your left leg back next to the right and straighten the body into plank pose…finishing the exhale as you…
- …Lower your body to the floor, touching your chin, chest, knees, feet, and hands to the floor, and keeping your buttocks, thighs, and abdomen lifted.
- Inhale, relax your lower torso, and slightly bend your upper torso, looking up until your arms are straight.
- Exhale as you push back into down dog pose.
- Inhale as you move your right leg forward until it rests on the floor between your hands. Lunge pose on the other side.
- Exhale, bringing left leg back to forward bend.
- Inhale and stand up, stretching your arms back over your head, looking up.
- Exhale as you bring your hands down in front of your chest.