Christmas holidays bring with them happiness and excitement along with laziness and likeliness to indulge. In order to establish balance, one can simply take out thirty minutes in the morning or whenever possible to do a sun salutation or surya namaskara. It is easy, effective and can be done collaboratively.
The sun salutation involves twelve steps:
- Hold your hands in a Namaste (hands clapped together) in front of your chest and stand straight in mountain position.
- Inhale, slowly raise your hands overhead, bend backwards tightening and pushing your hips forwards, and look at your hands.
- Exhale, bend forwards and touch your toes (try to go as far as possible if are not able to touch your feet or if very flexible, put your hands next to your feet).
- Inhale, take your right foot backwards into a lunge (stretch as far as possible), lengthen the spine and look up.
- Holding your breath in, bring the left foot backwards next to the right foot in plank position, elongate the spine and keep your head aligned with your body.
- Exhale, lower your knees, chin and chest to the floor.
- Inhale, switch to cobra and look up.
- Exhale, plant your toes to the ground, lift your hip up and out in downward-facing dog.
- Inhale, bring your right foot forward to lunge, lengthen your pine and look up.
- Exhale, now bring your left foot forward to your right, and stand touching your shoes.
- Inhale, lengthen spine, reach out with your hands overhead, push hips forward and look towards your hands.
- Exhale, release back to mountain position, and hold your hands in Namaste.
Gradually, increase the number of sun salutations, feel your body relax and tone, and enjoy your holidays!
By Keya (DP1)