Learn your Sun Salutations with Triaction by Triumph

If you are an inversion fanatic like myself and love getting bendy all day long, you also know how much trouble you can find yourself in if you don’t warm up your muscles and joints properly before you dive into these positions.

For this, Triumph had also asked me to test out their newest addition to the Studio range of Triaction Sports Bras called Magic Motion – this is soft, flexible and moves with your body instead of against it. I’ve trialled a few of these bra’s and I really like them. They are greatly versatile and can be used both at the gym or for yoga. Anything that can work more than one way in my life get’s big brownie points from me!

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Back to the warm-up routine I perform before I get bendy with inversions and any other poses for yoga.

I always do a series of Sun Salutations – mainly A’s & B’s – to build heat in the body, but also to honour the space – mentally, spiritually and physically – that I’m about to flow in. Each pose coordinates with your breathing: Inhale to extend, and exhale to bend. Perform each Sun Salutation for 5 rounds starting with Sun-Salutation A…

Happy flowing yogi’s

C xx

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Sun-Salutation A – step by step:

1. Standing Mountain Pose — Tadasana

Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Press your palms together in prayer position. Rest your thumbs on your sternum and take several breaths.

2. Upward Salute — Urdhva Hastasana

Inhale as you sweep your arms out to the side and overhead. Gently arch your back and gaze toward the sky.

3. Standing Forward Fold — Uttanasana

Exhale as you fold forward from the hips. Bend your knees if necessary. Rest your hands beside your feet and bring your nose to your knees.

4. Half Standing Forward Fold — Ardha Uttanasana

Inhale as you lift your torso halfway, lengthening your spine forward so your back is flat. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Keep your fingertips on the floor, or bring them to your shins.

5. Four-Limbed Staff Pose — Chaturanga Dandasana

Exhale as you step or jump back into Plank Pose (High Push-Up Pose), with your hands under your shoulders and feet hip-distance apart. Continue exhaling as you lower your body toward the floor. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides. If needed, come to your knees for Half Chaturanga. Otherwise, keep your legs straight and reach back through your heels.

6. Upward-Facing Dog Pose — Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Inhale as you draw your chest forward and straighten your arms. Draw your shoulders back and lift your heart to the sky. Press through the tops of your feet, lifting your thighs off the floor and fully engaging your leg muscles. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides.

7. Downward-Facing Dog Pose — Adho Mukha Svanasana

Exhale as you lift your hips and roll over your toes, placing the soles of your feet on the floor. Your heels do not need to touch the ground. Ground down through your hands and the soles of your feet as you lengthen your spine. Lift your belly and sit bones toward the sky. Stay here for five breaths. On your last exhalation, bend your knees and look between your hands.

8. Half Standing Forward Fold — Ardha Uttanasana

Inhale as you step or jump both feet between your hands. Lift your torso halfway, lengthening your spine forward so your back is flat. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Keep your fingertips on the floor, or bring them to your shins.

9. Standing Forward Fold — Uttanasana

Exhale as you fold your torso over your thighs. Bend your knees if necessary. Rest your hands beside your feet and bring your nose to your knees.

10. Upward Salute — Urdhva Hastasana

Inhale as you sweep your arms out to the side and extend up once again. Gently arch your back and gaze toward the sky.

11. Mountain Pose — Tadasana

Exhale as you come back into Mountain Pose. Bring your hands into prayer position. Rest your thumbs on your sternum. Repeat the sequence 4 more times.

 

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Sun Salutation B – step by step:

1. Standing Mountain Pose — Tadasana

Stand with your feet together. Press your palms together in prayer position. Rest your thumbs on your sternum and take several breaths.

2. Chair Pose — Utkatasana

Inhale as you bend your knees and lower your hips, as if you’re sitting back in a chair. At the same time, extend your arms straight overhead and reach through your fingertips.

3. Standing Forward Fold — Uttanasana

Exhale as you fold forward from the hips. Keep your knees bent if your hamstrings are tight. Otherwise, slowly straighten your legs. Rest your hands beside your feet and bring your nose to your knees.

4. Half Standing Forward Fold — Ardha Uttanasana

Inhale as you lift your torso halfway, lengthening your spine forward so your back is flat. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Keep your fingertips on the floor, or bring them to your shins.

5. Four-Limbed Staff Pose — Chaturanga Dandasana

Exhale as you step or jump back into Plank Pose (High Push-Up Pose), with your hands under your shoulders and feet hip-distance apart. Continue exhaling as you lower your body toward the floor. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides. If needed, come to your knees for Half Chaturanga. Otherwise, keep your legs straight and reach back through your heels.

6. Upward-Facing Dog Pose — Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Inhale as you draw your chest forward and straighten your arms. Draw your shoulders back and lift your heart to the sky. Press through the tops of your feet, lifting your thighs off the floor and fully engaging your leg muscles. Keep your elbows tucked in to your sides.

7. Downward-Facing Dog Pose — Adho Mukha Svanasana

Exhale as you lift your hips and roll over your toes, placing the soles of your feet on the floor. Your heels do not need to touch the ground. Ground down through your hands and the soles of your feet as you lengthen your spine. Lift your belly and sit bones to the sky.

8. Warrior I, Right Foot — Virabhadrasana I

Inhale as you step your right foot between your hands and bring your left heel to the ground. Bend your front knee while keeping your back leg straight. Raise your arms straight overhead and gaze to the sky.

9. Four-Limbed Staff Pose — Chaturanga Dandasana

Exhale as you bring your hands to the mat and step your right foot back into Plank Pose. Continue exhaling as you lower your body into Chaturanga once again. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides. If needed, come to your knees for Half Chaturanga. Otherwise, keep your legs straight and reach back through your heels.

10. Upward-Facing Dog Pose — Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Inhale as you draw your chest forward and straighten your arms. Draw your shoulders back and lift your heart to the sky. Press through the tops of your feet, lifting your thighs off the floor and fully engaging your leg muscles. Keep your elbows tucked in to your sides.

11. Downward-Facing Dog Pose — Adho Mukha Svanasana

Exhale as you lift your hips and roll over your toes placing the soles of your feet on the floor. Your heels do not need to touch the ground. Ground down through your hands and the soles of your feet as you lengthen your spine. Lift your belly and sit bones to the sky.

12. Warrior I, Left Foot — Virabhadrasana I

Inhale as you step your left foot between your hands and bring your right heel to the ground. Bend your front knee while keeping your back leg straight. Raise your arms straight overhead and gaze to the sky.

13. Four-Limbed Staff Pose — Chaturanga Dandasana

Exhale as you bring your hands to the mat and step your right foot back into Plank Pose. Continue exhaling as you lower your body into Chaturanga once again. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides. If needed, come to your knees for Half Chaturanga. Otherwise, keep your legs straight and reach back through your heels.

14. Upward-Facing Dog Pose — Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Inhale as you draw your chest forward and straighten your arms. Draw your shoulders back and lift your heart to the sky. Press through the tops of your feet, lifting your thighs off the floor and fully engaging your leg muscles. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides.

15. Downward-Facing Dog Pose — Adho Mukha Svanasana

Exhale as you lift your hips and roll over your toes, placing the soles of your feet on the floor. Your heels do not need to touch the ground. Ground down through your hands and the soles of your feet as you lengthen your spine. Lift your belly and sit bones to the sky. Hold this third Downward-Facing Dog for five breaths. On your last exhalation, bend your knees and gaze between your hands.

16. Half Standing Forward Fold — Ardha Uttanasana

Inhale as you step or jump forward, landing your feet between your hands. Lift your torso halfway, lengthening your spine forward so your back is flat. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Keep your fingertips on the floor, or bring them to your shins.

17. Standing Forward Fold — Uttanasana

Exhale as you fold your torso over your thighs. Bend your knees if necessary. Rest your hands beside your feet and bring your nose to your knees.

18. Chair Pose — Utkatasana

Inhale as you come back into Chair Pose. Step your feet together. Bend your knees and lower your hips, as if you’re sitting back in a chair. At the same time, extend your arms straight overhead and reach through your fingertips.

19. Mountain Pose — Tadasana

Exhale as you come back into Mountain Pose. Stand with your feet together. Bring your hands into prayer position. Rest your thumbs on your sternum.

ALL PHOTOS SHOT BY AMAURY TREGER (@Morningbondi)

Wearing Triumph Triaction Black Motion Sports Bra

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