Only have 15 minutes? Use these modified Sun Salutes from Flo Fenton to energise and balance the whole system!
“Yoga is far from simply being physical exercises, rather, it is an aid to establishing a new way of life which embraces both inner and outer realities.” – Sw. Satyananda Saraswati, “Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha”.
The most common ‘excuse’ that I hear from students as to why they let themselves get out of shape, and let go of their yoga practice, is lack of time. We are all increasingly busy, it seems I know even for myself, who has been dedicated to a regular yoga practice for the best part of 25 years, at times, when there is seemingly an endless amount of work to do both in business and at home, and the hours left over for resting and sleeping seem to get eroded away, a long yoga routine can seem to be a luxury that I can’t afford. However, the good news is that we don’t need to have a long time to do an effective yoga practice. The secret to a beneficial practice is regularity, not length; even a 15 minute sequence daily, or at least 4 times a week, will improve your blood flow, flexibility, strength, breathing, and most important of all, provide that little bit of time out from the hectic pace of the rest of the day.
The following modified Sun Salutes provides an all-round workout for the system. Performed in the morning, this sequence will leave you feeling energised and ready to start your day. If evening is your best time for practice, perform the sequence more meditatively and slowly, and rest in between postures if needed. As an evening practice, these postures will stretch out tired muscles and prepare you for sleep.