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New inspiring cue that revolves around the theme of the month each Wednesday. All content taken is taken down at the end of the month when new theme is posted.
 

MONTHLY THEME:
SUN SALUTATIONS

All cues are meant to be used when you're in full expression of the pose unless otherwise noted.

Week 1

Happy June!

Since the sun is finally shining (most days), I thought this would be the perfect time to explore SUN SALUTATIONS.

Your newsletter will look a little different than usual in that I won’t have a specific cue with the anatomy behind the cue. Instead, I’ll be sharing different articles and blogs about the Sun Salutations so you have an opportunity to dive a little deeper into this part of your practice. I’ll be releasing two new classes this month, both of which will revolve around variations of Sun Salutations. Do you know all the variations? There’s Sun A, Sun B, Sun C, and the Moon Salutation (this last one isn’t officially a Sun Salutation, but I’ll include it in our practice this month).

Have you ever asked yourself why you practice Sun Salutations at the beginning of every class? I think most of us know they are used to warm the body and move the spine into flexion and extension, but there is a deeper meaning that may help you elevate the mental part of your practice.

Personally, I love Sun Salutations because it offers me an opportunity to get in a groove and move with my breath. But every now and then, I remind myself of the deeper meaning, and use it as a focal point at the beginning of class when I want to add more depth to my yoga practice.

“Surya” means sun and “Namaskar” means to bow to. In other words, we are bowing to the sun and all it represents – light, energy, and life!

The meaning behind Sun Salutations can depend on who you talk to, how they were trained, and in which tradition they accumulated their yoga knowledge. Some say it’s thousands of years old and was used as a ritual for morning prayer. It’s commonly taught to practice Sun Salutations facing east as the sun rises to help absorb the powerful energy of the sun. Others believe the Sun Salutations came about in the early 1900’s, strictly as a form of exercise. I’ll be sharing articles that provide some perspective.

In terms of pace for moving through Sun Salutations, that’s up to you. I like the pace to link up with a medium to full length breath. I know I’m not supposed to say this, but I hate when an instructor goes too fast and I can’t link breath to movement. On the other hand, there are people (and instructors) who love to move at a fast pace and use Sun Salutations solely to get the heart rate up. Again, you get to decide what feels best for you!

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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***The cues I find and post are by well respected body experts and Doctors who teach yoga and other body nerds like myself.

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