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Sun Salutations

Yoga-Sun-Salutation
The Sun Salutations

This sequence was traditionally practiced facing the rising and setting sun, and was intended to relax and focus the mind, and to increase flexibility and strength in the body.

#1 With back straight and body relaxed, exhale as you place your hands in the prayer position in front of the chest.
#2 Inhale as you stretch your arms up over your head, then gently arch your body backward.
#3 As you exhale, bend forward, keeping your knees as straight as possible.  Place your hands flat on the floor beside your feet.
#4 With both palms on the floor, inhale as you bend your knees.  Stretch your right leg back as far as possible.
#5 Bring your left leg back and straighten it, placing both feet together.  Hold your breath while you maintain this ‘push up’ position.
#6 Exhale and let your knees, chest, and forehead touch the floor while keeping your hips up.
#7 Inhale as you drop your hips and arch your head and chest back.  Keep your palms flat and elbows bent.
#8 Exhale as you raise your hipos high.  Keep your arms and legs straight, your head down, and your hands and feet flat on the floor
#9 Inhale as you lift your right foot up between your hands, dropping your left knee to the floor.
#10 Exhale, bringing your left leg up, feet together, and palms down.  Straighten your legs as much as possible.
#11 Inhale as you lift your right foot up between your hands, dropping your left knee to the floor
#12 Exhale and strighten your body, Inhale and relax before beginning the sequence again.