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Thirty Day Sun Salutation Challenge

Guest Author - Terri Johansen

Welcome to a Thirty Day Sun Salutation Challenge. I invite everyone to join me in this challenge. All is required is one Sun Salutation a day. Recently I evaluated my personal yoga practice and concluded that my main difficulty is inconsistency. I think this is such a great way to practice yoga regularly, learn new Sun Salutations, and have fun encouraging each other. Here are the guidelines:

• All that is required is that you do one Sun Salutation a day.
• Keep track. Even if you miss a day start off fresh tomorrow.
• Start with one Sun Salutation a day and if you want you can add more along the way. But don’t overdo it. Don’t do too many too soon.
• There are numerous variations of the Sun Salutation. Pick one and stick to it. After you are familiar with it you can try some different variations.
• In yoga practice Sun Salutations are done in continuous movement flowing from one pose into the next. I like to hold my poses. So for example, when I come to Standing Forward Bend I will hold the pose for 5 breaths before moving on to the next pose. Do what’s comfortable for you.
• Post to the Yoga Site’s Forum and let us support and encourage each other.
• Tell yourself “I can do something as simple as this for 30 days”.
• Thirty day Sun Salutation Challenge will begin on July 1, 2015, and
end July 30, 2015.

What exactly is a Sun Salutation? Surya Namaskar, The Sun Salutation is a way of honoring the sun; a prayer in motion. It is an active flow of connected poses in a sequence. In Sanskrit “namaskar” comes from “namas”, which means “to bow to” or “honor”. It allows us to use the body as a method of higher consciousness, so that we can receive wisdom and knowledge. It is said that Surya Namskar originated within Hinduism and has been around for thousands of years. The sun is honored as both the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself.

As I mentioned earlier there are numerous variations of Sun Salutations. Here is a common version:

• Mountain Pose
• Lift arms overhead and bend slightly backwards for Upward Salute
• Fold forward Standing Forward Bend
• Take your left leg back, keep right leg forward and lunge; hands to floor
• Take the right foot back with the left into Plank Pose
• Drop into Upward Facing Dog or Cobra Pose
• Push your butt up into Downward Facing Dog
• Left foot forward and lunge
• Right foot forward Standing Forward Bend
• Reach upwards for Upward Salute
• Mountain Pose – Hands in front of the heart, Nameste`

You can become quite creative with Sun Salutations by adding your own poses and changing the order of poses. I have even seen Sun Salutations done on the hands and knees. As I said, there are many different flows for Sun Salutations, however the originals are Sun Salutation A;
Sun Salutation B; and Sun Salutation C.

So gear up, we start now. I will be posting my progress in the Yoga Forum and hope you will join me there. Let me caution that you should only do this challenge if you are in good health. You may want to check with a medical professional first.

~A mantra used during Sun Salutations from the “Rig Veda 1:50”~

“Swift-moving, visible to all,
Maker of light thou art, O sun,
Illumining all the shining space.”

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