Celebrate the Day with Sun Salutations

Posted on July 12th, 2012 by in Yoga

Imagine waking up with the rising sun and experiencing the essence of this most auspicious time of day. The Sun Salutation, traditionally done in the morning, raises one’s consciousness by awakening the mind, body, and senses. The 12 postures in the series effectively stretch, strengthen, and massage all of the joints, muscles, and internal organs of the body. Other benefits include nourishing and balancing the endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. The synchronization of the breath with the movements generates a steady pulse of prana (the vital life force) that circulates throughout one’s being, bestowing good health to every cell in the body. Best of all, the Sun Salutation is versatile enough to do outdoors. Practicing in the open air, facing the rising sun, can be just the thing to unify the mind and body while attuning to the energy of a fresh new day.

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About Janna Delgado, BFA, RYT 500

Janna Delgado, RYT 500, is a senior faculty member at Kripalu. An Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and AFAA-certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, Janna is Director of Yoga in the Schools for the Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL). Formerly a program leader for the IEL’s Yoga for Weight Loss program, Janna is currently the Program Advisor for Kripalu’s Healthy Living immersion program Fitness and Yoga Retreat and leads workshops for Kripalu’s R&R Retreat program. She is a regular contributor to Kripalu publications.