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I noticed that some Nova Scotians! SparkTeam members were asking about 108 Sun Salutations. How, do you say, can you do that?

The following comes from experience -- like any exercise description found on this site, use what you discover in the context of your personal health history and advice from your primary healthcare professional.

Question 1
I can't do the movement of "going from standing to high plank (body parallel to the mat, supported by hands and feet)." emoticon [close to this, but upper back without the arch, and more of the balls of the feet as a support] So that means I can't do yoga, right?

Answer 1
For me yoga is about breath and awareness. If you have that, no matter what the body looks like, you are doing yoga.
There are substitutes for any yoga pose - some people like to call them modifications. For some the modification means leaving out some parts of the "traditional" movements. Half Salutation is a modification of one of the traditional forms of Sun Salutation (there are many variations on Sun Salutation). Let's consider the Sun Salutation A of Ashtanga yoga. A half salutation takes the 9 breaths and movement of Sun Salutation A and reduces it to 5 breaths.

The following movements that are part of Sun Salutation A - high plank, low plank, upward facing dog / cobra, downward facing dog - are left out of Half Salutation!

Half Salutations bring together breath and movement in the spine as a gentle warm-up, a way to maintain heat in between other poses. Half Salutations are movement that reminds me: if I can breathe, I can practice yoga.

Edited by: INSH8P at: 6/27/2013 (06:02)
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