Challenge yourself with this high-intensity sequence. Sun salutations are typically performed at the beginning of a yoga routine as a warmup. This series links your breath and movement with rhythm. This advanced sequence is for the practitioner looking to take their sun salutations to the next level. It raises your heart rate by incorporating jumping transitions, which can be tougher on the joints. Proceed with care.
Opens the chest, abdomen, psoas, and ankles. Creates space for deeper breathing. Stretches thighs, calves, and ankles. Some schools of yoga have this pose with your hands together, looking up at your thumbs. Not recommended for those suffering from high blood pressure, heart problems, or those with knee or ankle maladies.
Strengthens and lengthens the lower body and abdominals. Opens the chest to allow for deeper breathing. Is thought to help lower back pain. This pose is said to relieve stress and anxiety. Use a block underneath your bottom hand to make this easier.
To deepen, draw your shoulder blades down and together and lean back as if there was an imaginary wall behind you. Not recommended for those with low blood pressure, or those suffering from headaches or diarrhea, or with knee, ankle, back, or neck maladies.