Stepping Forward and Back in Sun Salutations

Stepping Forward and Back in Sun Salutations

Hi everyone!  I got a question a week or so ago about how to step forward and back during sun salutations if you don’t have time/don’t feel like messing around with blocks – or maybe they aren’t available.  Now, I love props – a lot – obviously, but I totally understand that sometimes you just don’t want to deal with them, or you don’t have them handy, so I’m really glad I got this question and I’m so happy to share this video with you!  I give you a few different options to try (and get a little out of breath by the end – this was a good workout!).  My goal is to empower you to feel comfortable in any class you like, even those fast-paced vinyasa classes, if that’s the practice you prefer, even if your body doesn’t do exactly what the teacher says to do!

I briefly say this in the video, but it bears repeating…let’s say you get behind the breath count during class.  Who cares?  I don’t care…and it happens to me all the time.  The nice thing is that downward facing dog is usually held for five breaths in a traditional sun salutation A so you’ll meet everyone there eventually.  Plus, it’s so much more important that you are moving with your own breath than it is to keep up exactly, so cut yourself some slack and don’t rush!  Like most things, sun salutations get easier with practice as your body gets used to the movements – muscle memory is a powerful thing!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!  And happy practicing!!

3 Comments

  1. Excellent video for alternate ways of achieving a beautiful sun salutation! Thank you so much!

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    • So glad you liked it! Thank you!!

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  2. Hi Annie,

    Great vid, thanks for sharing. I am familiar with helping students step forward. I often use the cue to keep the hips high (I picked this one up from Yoga International). But stepping back is a place I didn’t think to offer some helpful hints. I will certainly use the knee down option from now on thanks to you and I’m sure my students will thank me for it too. Namaste, -Mary

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