Fall 2013 – Move Better Challenge

40 Days of Sun Salutations

November 5th – December 14th

Challenge Description

If there was one simple thing you could do each day that would help your body to move better, thereby allowing you to become more physically fit, would you do it?  The Eastside Fitness family is challenging you to preform 40 Days of Sun Salutations with us. Just like our last challenge, the idea is really simple.  And don’t worry, if you don’t know what a Sun Salutation is.  We will be posting examples and articles about them, explaining and demonstrating them in all of the classes we offer at the studio, and holding  a FREE  how- to workshop all before the challenge begins.  The challenge begins November 5th 2013 and will last 40 days until December 14th, 2013. Everybody can (and should!) do a Sun Salutation!

Challenge Rules

  • Perform at least one Sun Salutation per day between November 5th and December 14th
  • TRACK the number you do each day. Each one will get your name entered into a draw to win a health and fitness prize pack from Eastside Fitness
  • You can do any variation the of Sun Salute you choose
  • You can do the Sun Salute at home or at the studio during class times or personal training sessions

Register

Ready to Commit to Fit? Register for the Move Better Challenge.  It’s free to join!

Don’t forget to join us for a celebration on December 14th where we will preform a final series of Sun Salutations as a group and then PARTY in honour of the winter solstice, Christmas in South Hill and our new found, healthy,  functional movement patterns!

Why Sun Salutations?

We believe that fitness should not be complicated. A Sun Salutation is a simple series of movements that puts you into all planes and axes of your body in a gentle way. It wakes up your spine and activates many muscle groups. It can take as little as one minute or as much as four minutes to complete the series depending on which version you choose to do.
A Sun Salutation series is a great way to start your day and it is also a great “warm up” for any type of fitness or exercise activity you are about to do. A good warm up consists of:

  1. Raising your body temperature.
  2. Easing your body into its full range of motion potential.
  3. Activating muscle groups that will support your body when you have loaded it or stressed it.
  4. Preforming movements similar to those you will be doing under load or stress through the day or during your workout.

The sun represents light and light is a symbol of consciousness and self-illumination. Honoring the sun during winter solstice, during the shortest daylight hours of the year, is an ancient Hindu tradition. In Sanskrit “Surya” means Sun and “Namaskara” means to bow down or salute.

8 Basic Postures are:

  • Tadasana
  • Urdhva Hastasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Lunge
  • Plank Pose
  • Chaturanga Dandasana
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana

Examples/Variations of the Sun Salute

Sun Salutation Variations

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