Cultivating Gratitude with a Sun Salutations Sequence

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“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”

It’s so simple to take for granted the green grass we walk on, the air we breathe and the sun that provides us with light and warmth. Often times we get caught up in seeking material items and forget how much abundance surrounds us.

Sun salutations honor the energy the sun gives us each day. The sun salutation sequence consists of simple yoga poses that harmonizes all of the chakras, grounds you with earth and sun energy and creates gratitude with each movement.

How to Perform a Sun Salutation Sequence

  1. Stand with your feet hip distance apart and inhale as you raise your hands overhead, connecting your palms.
  2. Lift your chest up and push your hips forward, giving yourself a gentle back bend.
  3. Exhale as you part the air with your hands, diving down into a forward fold. Allow your knees to bend so you don’t strain your muscles.
  4. Inhale and lift halfway up so your torso is parallel with the ground.
  5. Exhale and place your hands next to your feet and step one foot back. Then step the other foot back.
  6. Lower your knees to the ground, followed by your chest so you are laying fully on your front.
  7. With your hands placed under your shoulder blades, inhale and lightly press into the earth into a small back bend called baby cobra. To protect your lower back, don’t fully straighten your arms.
  8. Exhale and lower yourself down. As you continue your exhale, curl your toes under and send your hips to the sky coming into downward facing dog. Your hands, feet and hips should make three points of a triangle. Hold this pose for five breathes, fully inhaling and exhaling.
  9. Inhale and step your right foot between your hands, followed by your left.
  10. Exhale and then inhale coming up halfway so your torso is parallel to the earth.
  11. Exhale and fold forward.
  12. Inhale and sweep your arms overhead as you slowly rise to standing.
  13. Exhale, bring your palms together and lower them to your heart’s center.
  14. Repeat this sun salutation yoga practice again, this time leading with your left leg instead of right. That is one round
  15. Then repeat the rounds as many times as you’d like.

Our sun salutations video shows a more advanced variation of the sun salutations. As you become familiar with the sun salutation sequence, you can add in your own variations. The simple version of sun salutation yoga has proved to quiet the mind, increase feelings of rest and joy and decrease anxiety among its practitioners.

No matter what your sun salutations may look like or how many you are able to perform, the important thing to remember is that you are thanking and honoring the sun for all it provides us. As you move through each pose, remember how the sun impacts each thing on this earth, and you will begin to feel peace and gratitude towards all the abundance around you.


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  • Reply April 30, 2017


    Wonderful post.Never knew this, thank you for letting me know.

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