Simplicity, grace, and a good flow of energy — these are the elements that make an amazing morning ritual. So if you’re sick of starting off on the wrong foot, try planting those tootsies on your yoga mat before you get into the grind. Sun Salutations can take you from frenzied to feeling free, and light, and full of yogic optimism.
So follow the advice you see plastered on coffee mugs, social media memes and yoga apparel: Bend so you don’t break.
How to Rock Your Day with Simple Sun Salutations
Implement a Plan
I’m a list-making monkey. I have marker boards, notebooks, self-improvement guides and all the techie tricks and tools to springboard my success. But I’m scattered. My intentions are great but my focus is oh so flawed. What I’ve learned is that a plan is worthless without a process. So if you want to make Sun Salutations a part of your morning ritual, you MUST map out the details. Set an alarm, get out your yoga gear, and decide how much time you can devote to the practice.
Beginner’s Tip: If you’re not familiar with the postures that make up the Sun Salutations series, use a video, book, or poster to guide you through your flow. Here are some books I recommend to enhance your yoga practice.
Let Your Breath Be Your Guide
The Sun Salutations series will stretch your body, calm your mind, and help you escape the external clutter we cling to in our lives. It’s an awesome morning ritual for me, as comforting as my steaming mug of coffee, and just as energizing, too. I have learned to coordinate each movement with my breath, inhaling as I stretch and exhaling with each contraction. The body-breath focus helps me get centered. I find that as I focus on my breathing, I forget about the tasks on my lists, the emails in my inbox and the empty carton of soy milk someone left on the counter.
Let the Flow Free You
If you’re going to rock your Sun Salutations and really make the most of your morning yoga ritual, you have to let yourself go. Really surrender to the mat, drop your ego-centered expectations (you must move a certain way, look a certain way, etc.) Let the flow free you from all that would keep you from cultivating inner peace, confidence and gratitude. Be fully present, whether you have just 5 minutes or an hour to spend with your yoga. Trust me, quality trumps quantity here.
This is your life, yoga rockstar. Make some time to salute the sun with a Sun Salutations ritual. And most importantly, remember: When you’re on your mat, you’re in YOUR moment.