Yoga in the morning is such a fantastic way to start your day. Naturally we tend to stretch in the morning when we wake up, so why not go for it a little more and stretch yourself out further with a few rounds of Surya Namaskar?
- Stretches and tones all the main muscle groups.
- Energises your body.
- Focuses the mind.
- The heart, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, elimination and lymphatic systems all benefit from the continuous movements in this sequence, particularly when a few rounds are performed at a reasonable pace.
What a great to wake yourself up in the morning! Sun salutations (Surya Namaskar) can be extremely energising, so ideal for first thing in the morning practice. The sequence can be performed at different speeds however and can be used as a basic warm up once you know the asanas (postures) involved in the sequence. The flow and movements between the asanas are just as important as the asana themselves. It is these transitions that give the sequence its dynamism.
You got the moves…(benefits)
Gently warms up the back and opens the chest which is energising.
Stretches the hamstrings. Fresh blood supply to the brain. Calming effect.
Ready To Run (Lunge)
Strengthens the thighs, extends and opens the hips.
Stimulates the kidneys, opens up the lower back and strengthens the triceps.
Reverse Cobra into Extended Child
Shoulders are strengthened, calming effect.
Forward Cobra then into Plank
Shoulders, core and legs all toned.
Stretches Hamstrings and calves. Extends back and opens up the shoulders.
Physically the sequence covers everything and is very energising. If done with complete focus it can be extremely calming mentally. Spiritually Surya Namaskar is important. In essence we are giving thanks the to Sun and basking in its transformative powers.
In class we often warm up with Surya Namaskar. At times we really pick up the pace and use it to get our heart rates up.
Get out of bed!
So why don’t you try Yoga in the morning and Kick Start Your weekend by joining my Saturday Morning class!