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Yoga Poses – Salutations – Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation C

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We learned multiple yoga poses today.  The class learned about sun salutations this weekend in my yoga teacher training.  There are 3 salutations, A, B, and C but we only learned A and C.

sun_salutationMany yoga poses have tons of benefits.  Sun salutations build heat in the body and honestly a lot of people actually practice the salutations early in the morning while the sun is rising.  The body gets going and you can go on to additional yoga poses or you can work out feeling nice and warm and toasty.  If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you may have done a few sun salutations to warm up for the day’s practice.

There are many variations of the sun salutations and sometimes instructors may add modifications.  I’m going to go over the way that we were taught (and will eventually have to teach) in my yoga class. Remember to be aware of your breathing. Yoga is as much a practice involving breath as it is involving the body.

Both salutations start in a pose called Tadasana.  You may have heard of this pose as Standing Mountain pose.

Sun Salutation A

  • Tadasana – Stand tall
  • Upward Salute (praying hands up)
  • Forward fold (palms to the ground)
  • Half lift (hands on the shins)
  • Chaturanga
  • Upward Dog
  • Downward Dog
  • Hop to Half lift (hands on the shins)
  • Forward Fold
  • Upward Salute (praying hands up)
  • Tadasana – Stand tall

Sun Salutation C

  • Tadasana – Stand tall
  • Upward Salute (praying hands up)
  • Forward fold (palms to the ground)
  • Low lunge (right foot back, knee down, arms up)
  • Downward Dog
  • Low lunge (right foot forward, left knee down, arms up)
  • Forward fold (palms to the ground)
  • Half lift (hands on the shins, hips hinged)
  • Forward fold (palms to the ground)
  • Upward Salute (praying hands up)
  • Tadasana – Stand tall

Repeat Sun Salutation C again alternating with the other side when you move your leg forward

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