Sun Salutation Option without the Difficult Step Forward

A frequent problem with basic Sun Salutations is the huge step forward from Downward Facing Dog to Standing Forward Fold. I have been frustrated with this combination and found that many others have difficulty here as well for various reasons.

So, when leading from the right side, we step the right foot back, then left foot back and come to Plank Pose. On the way back from Downward Dog, bring the left knee down to the mat and the right foot forward into a low lunge. Lift the torso up, roll the shoulders back. Place the left hand on right knee to help generate a gentle twist while opening right arm back with an inhale. Exhale, bring the right hand up and forward and place each palm down on either side of the right foot, curl the back toes under and push up and forward into Standing Forward Fold. The rest of the Salutation is basically the same. I hope this helps! It works for me!

  • Mountain Pose, hands in Namaste
  • Upward Salute
  • Forward Fold
  • Lunge
  • Plank
  • Easy Plank Option
  • Cobra
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Knee Down Twist
  • Standing Forward Fold
  • Upward Salute
  • Mountain Pose, hands in Namaste