Starting the Day with Sun Salutations

Many a morning I wake up foggy-headed as the result of therapy, and meds. It’s frustrating, especially for someone who used to be a morning person.

Too many hours feel wasted because my brain and body felt like they felt so long to be in the world.

I’ve never considered myself to be a yoga person – clumsy and inflexible, I thought it wasn’t for me.

In the past few weeks I’ve been integrating some yoga-inspired moves in to my gym stretching routine (my poor hamstrings and quads!) and realised that yep, I can do more than I gave myself credit for.

Realising that a couple of simple poses like downward dog and the child pose are effective ways of managing anxiety when it threatens to get out of control, I thought it warranted further exploration.

Interweb research helped me discover sun salutations, which are a series of simple moves that can be done anywhere, any time. The idea of sun salutations is that they wake up various parts of your body: they get your internal organs working effectively, as well as stretching your muscles and loosening up your limbs and spine.

I try to do about 10 sets of the moves – that’s enough to feel thoroughly woken up, grounded, focused, and better prepared to get on with the day. After going through the moves my heart is beating a little faster than usual – while the moves aren’t challenging in themselves it’s all about getting your body to work. It takes less than 10 minutes, and is time well-spent.

If you’d like to try some sun salutations have a Google – there are loads of guides in the form of picture charts and videos, just find one that suits you best.

I like this one that I found on Pinterest and featuring bunnies, just because it’s cute…

bunnysun

and it fits in well with my next photo, of Oscar looking down at me from the bed while I was doing some sun salutations. It’s like he’s thinking: “You think that’s stretching? HAHAHAHAHAHA you poor human!”. There are times when he’s weaved around my limbs while I’ve been trying to do downward dog – and then showed what stretching really is by sitting next to me and proceeding to clean his bum.

Charming.

Oscar

What does your morning routine include?

 

 

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4 Comments on Starting the Day with Sun Salutations

  1. Sarah (general_rambles)
    July 7, 2016 at 8:08 am (11 months ago)

    I have always thought yoga might be something that would be fun, but then sort of chickened out that I might not be stretchy enough and spend most my time toppling over! So, I like the idea of some simple moves you can do at home. 🙂
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  2. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    July 4, 2016 at 11:18 am (11 months ago)

    Yes! I start every morning with 10 sun salutations and as you say it’s a great way to get the blood flowing, wake up your body and ground yourself ready for the day ahead. Love the bunny pictures – so cute! #sharethejoy
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  3. Sara | mumturnedmom
    July 3, 2016 at 1:55 am (11 months ago)

    I’m not really a yoga person either, but I like the sound of starting my day like this. I think it would provide a really good focus. Hmm, might have to try it 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x
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  4. Sarah
    July 3, 2016 at 12:42 am (11 months ago)

    Ha, ha, cats and dogs really are yogi masters hey! I totally understand the energising result of a few sun salutations. I don’t do them enough – but really ought to – for when I do, my mood is instantly lifted 🙂

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