How to Rock Your Day with Simple Sun Salutations

The secret to a great day starts with a simple morning ritual that's refreshing, grounding and physically/mentally strengthening. Here's why Sun Salutations are a must for me...

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. 

28 Comments
  • Katie
    April 11, 2016

    I need to be better about doing some sun salutations each morning when I don’t plan to go to the studio for a formal practice. It would at least help get my centered and better take on the day ahead!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 11, 2016

      Sounds like a great plan, Katie! Thanks for reading.

  • Shann Eva
    April 11, 2016

    This is a really great idea for how to get started off the right way in the morning. I don’t think I have much time, but if I come up with a plan first, I can make it work, and it will be worth it.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 11, 2016

      Yes, a little time is better than none at all. Thanks for stopping in Shann. It’s always good to see you here!

  • Jenine
    April 11, 2016

    A great reminder of the importance of starting the morning off right. I need to make it more of a habit to practice first thing in the morning. The results of morning practice are apparent throughout my day.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 11, 2016

      I agree, Jenine. The whole day is better when I allow myself some mat time. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Jasmine Eclipse
    April 11, 2016

    Sun Salutations are my favorite yoga practice! I studied yoga in college, and this was one of the stretches that stood out to me the most.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 11, 2016

      Very cool, Jasmine! I think they’re great for yogis of all levels. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Donna Parker
    April 11, 2016

    I’m reaching and saying salutations!!! Thanks for the reminder, great posts! Shared!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 11, 2016

      Thanks Donna! I’m glad you stopped in. Have an awesome day!

  • Jennifer
    April 11, 2016

    I love how sun salutations bring people to yoga. They think all they’re doing is stretching their bodies, but they’re “stretching” mentally and emotionally too.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 11, 2016

      So true Jennifer! It has the sneaky little side effect of peace and balance. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    April 11, 2016

    I’d really like to get into the habit of doing a little bit of yoga in the morning. It probably won’t happen until the school year is done, just because it’s been a crazy year and I’m soaking up every bit of sleep that I can. But this summer… it’s going to happen! 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      April 11, 2016

      Make it happen, Crystal! Maybe just ease into it with a few poses in bed? Good luck and thanks for reading!

  • Kim Munoz
    April 11, 2016

    I keep saying I need some yoga in my life. Every morning I just out of bed and get straight to the day. Which usually leaves me worn out by the time the boys leave for school. I need to learn how to slow down and give myself time to wake up and greet the day!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 12, 2016

      Yes! Good luck, Kim. And thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Keelie Reason
    April 12, 2016

    It is always a good idea to relax yourself and do self care if you want to be productive in a day. Great thoughts. 🙂

  • GiGi Eats
    April 12, 2016

    I salute the sun every day here in LA – it’s kind of hard NOT to! ha ha!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 12, 2016

      You’re such a smart ass, GiGi. I love it! 🙂

  • Linda
    April 13, 2016

    I need to start making time…. I’m a night owl, so mornings are tough sometimes. But, I know the benefits would waaaayyyyy out-do the downsides for me. It’s been a while since I’ve done any sun salutations!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 13, 2016

      How about “Moon Salutations?” Actually yoga before bed is a nice way to ease into a great night’s sleep. Thanks for stopping in, Linda!

  • Leanne
    April 21, 2016

    Sounds like something worth trying – I’ve never been particularly keen on the sun – in Australia it’s usually too hot to be saluting anything sun-like – maybe now winter’s on its way I’ll have a go at it 🙂 Leanne @ cresting the hill

    • Rica Lewis
      April 21, 2016

      I bet Autralia is beautiful! Maybe one day I’ll get there. Thanks for reading and commenting, Leanne.

  • Carol Cassara
    April 21, 2016

    This is a lovely way to begin a day. To greet it with peace and joy.

  • Liv
    April 21, 2016

    I keep thinking I should try to get a few in before work…but with all the life stuff…haven’t managed it yet.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 21, 2016

      There’s always tomorrow, Liv! Thanks for reading.

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