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Sun Salutations Part 2 - Pranamasana

a promise is a promise! Or did you think we'd forget about our series on sun salutations? We didn't!!!

Here is our first exercise for the sun salutations - the

Pranamasana. Huh? The Pranama... what?

For those who skipped Sanskrit class, this is the prayer posture.

This simple but effective exercise helps you achieve improved posture by aligning your spine. Also, this posture calms your nervous system as well as your mind.

This exercise looks simple, however, as with all yoga exercises, it is very important that you pay attention to correct execution and listen to your body. If you feel uncomfortable or even painful during this or any exercise, it is better to interrupt this exercise. Now how do you do the

Prayer Posture correctly?

Image: The Yoga Beginner's Bible

Don't worry, we'll do it together:

Stand up straight, feet can either be open hip-width

(if the heels and toes are together, the position is a bit more dynamic).

Make sure that your back, neck and head form a straight line (your chin should be parallel to the floor). Your hands can still hang down, focus on your breathing and on the next inhalation bring your palms together in front of your chest.

Make sure you don't make a hollow back. The more horizontal your forearms are to your torso, the more dynamic the position will be. You can check your alignment by standing with your back against a wall.

Now close your eyes (if you haven't already done so) and breathe in and out several times. Focus on your breathing and try to follow it.

Like everything in life, this yoga pose is more fun if you put on a slight smile.

Stay in this pose for a few breaths, or as long as it feels good to you. You will see, you will feel more relaxed afterwards and you can start the day focused!

See you soon dear ones

Your LaSelva Team

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