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Sun Salutations are a yogi favorite, and for good reason! But if you find yourself going back to your tried-and-true sequence time and time again, your practice might start to feel a little stale and uninspired. Fortunately, there’s more than one way to salute the sun! Try this version from Kundalini teacher Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, director of Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care USA in Knoxville, Tennessee, to feel reinvigorated and newly inspired on your mat!
(Mountain Pose), variation
Begin standing tall and grounded, taking in the power of the earth and focusing on that with your palms together at your heart.
Open your palms, keeping thumbs together, and reach up and back. Bring your arms next to ears, bow back, and look up, receiving the grace of the divine through your heart chakra.
(Standing Forward Bend)
Bow forward, bending your knees if necessary, and place your hands beside your feet.
(Low Lunge), variation
Step back into a Low Lunge, dropping your back knee to the floor. Arch your back and look up.
Step back with your front leg and bring your chest down. You’re prostrating yourself to the earth in full pranams, conveying the oneness of our earth body with our living planet.
Lie flat on the mat, place your forehead on the floor, extend your legs, and point your toes.
Raise your head up and look up, lifting your back off the ground vertebra by vertebra, receiving the radiant light of the sun.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
(Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
Bow forward in another way by moving into Downward-Facing Dog.
Low Lunge, variation
Step forward into Low Lunge with the opposite leg. Look up in aspiration to the heavens. You’re allowing the lower chakras to be close to the earth while the upper chakras simultaneously aspire toward the heavens.
Standing Forward Bend
Bring your back foot to meet your front foot, placing your hands beside your feet, bending knees if necessary.
Reach up as if tracing the inside of a bubble that’s above your head. Bow back and look up with arms next to ears in a full standing salute.
Mountain Pose, variation
Move into namaste with prayerful hands at your heart. Rest here for a few breaths, feeling the effects. Repeat on the other side.