Monday, February 24, 2014

The Joy of the Sun (or Sun Salutation)

It's a challenge to stay mindful and present during this cold, hard winter. All I can think about lately is when spring will come. I know I'm not alone. But there is one constant with us through every season (even though it may hide behind the clouds some days): the sun. If you're feeling down about the weather or you can't keep yourself in the present moment because you're too busy thinking of spring (or even jumping ahead to summer!), why not try to bring yourself back to the present with an ancient practice known as a sun salutation?

A traditional yoga sun salutation, which you can see from the diagram below, consists of twelve asanas (poses). Using the diagram below will aid you in completing a traditional sun salutation:

However, if you're like me you might feel your daily routine does not include enough extra minutes to perform such practice. So try my simplified version (you can do this standing or sitting):
  1. Find the direction of the sun and face towards it (even if you're indoors).
  2. Put your palms together, in front of your chest.
  3. Close your eyes.
  4. Take several deep breaths.
  5. Focus on the warmth of the sunshine.
  6. Be grateful for the day ahead of you!
Mindfulness practices like this one can keep you present in the moment and appreciative of the simplicity in life. Why not include the sun salutation as a part of your entire family's daily routine?

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