30 sun salutations for my 30th birthday 

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According to yoga philosophy, it is auspicious to complete as many rounds of sun salutations on your birthday as many times as you have traveled around the sun. Here are the variations I chose for my practice this morning.

variations on sun salutations:

✔️1/2 sun salutation a: mountain • upward salute • forward fold • 1/2 lift • forward fold • upward salute • mountain

= focus on neutral spine

✔️ sun salutation a with cow + cat vinyasa: 1/2 sun salutation • step back to table top • cow + cat • +/- downward dog • forward fold • 1/2 lift • forward fold • upward salute • mountain

= minimizes weight bearing

✔️sun salutation c variation: mountain • upward salute • forward fold • 1/2 lift • forward fold + step back to low lunge • step forward to forward fold • 1/2 lift • repeat other side

= opens front of hips

✔️sun salutation a + modified vinyasa: 1/2 sun salutation a + step back to plank • +/- lower knees + shift torso forward + lower to earth 1/2 to full way down • cobra • table top • downward dog • forward fold • 1/2 lift • forward fold • upward salute • mountain

= + knees lowered builds strength to prepare for full plank +/- chaturanga, reduces weight bearing

✔️sun salutation a variation: 1/2 sun salutation a + step back to plank • +/- lower knees + shift torso forward + lower to earth • locust • table top • downward dog • forward fold • 1/2 lift • forward fold • upward salute • mountain

= reduces weight bearing in backbend

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