sun salute (gentle)
Standing practice with wall or countertop as support. This practice is designed to open up your internal passageways and let your blood and energy flow. Use this to greet your day.
This sun salute is in honor of the lengthening days as we head into spring here where I write in North America. The sun salute was created in the early 20th century as much of postural yoga was as it expanded to the west, so it is relatively new in the history of yoga. Before that yoga was a sitting and breathing practice, a system for calming and understanding the mind and movement, a system designed to bring us to wholeness. As Patañjali said, “Practice and all is coming.” To me, it makes sense that yoga would find its way to the west through the body practice, as we have been all mind divided from our bodies for so very long. Nature exists in the body. This gentle variation is meant to open the pathways in the body so you can stay connected to your best intentions all day long. Put care for the body on a solar schedule. Let me know what you discover.