For the beginner, yoga can be intimidating. Looking at pictures and videos of people bending their bodies in impossible positions can be enough to make the novice disregard the practice, and therefore, miss the many benefits of yoga.

But yoga isn’t just for the contortionist or super flexible person. One of the main principles of yoga is simplicity, starting where you are and making gradual progress in your own time.

One excellent yoga movement to begin your practice is the sun salutation. This series of movements is relaxing yet energizing, stretching and toning all muscles of the body. Try this upon waking to get your blood flowing and start your day in a grateful state of mind.

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