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January 27, 2017

Yoga Focus: Sun Breaths

by Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.

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Hi everyone! Today's post focuses on a series of movements commonly called "Sun Breaths." Sun Breaths can be a quick and accessible way to decrease stress and feel more energized and alert.

This technique can be practiced standing or while seated. Personally, I find Sun Breaths to be extremely helpful in creating a calm alertness, especially if I am nervously anticipating something, if I am needing a release after an exciting or stressful event, or if I am feeling tired and need to “refresh.” The exciting thing is that you can explore what works for you! As always in yoga, listen to your body’s wisdom and adjust the practice to meet your current needs.

As a reminder, Sun Breaths may or may not be the practice for you today or ever. But each time you explore other ways to connect to your body and reflect on your relationship to it (emotionally or physically) you have deepened your well of mind-body information. Information is powerful. It allows you to make informed decisions! So whether it’s Sun Breaths or something else today, acknowledge yourself for your efforts for taking the time to Rediscover and Reconnect to the relationship between your body, mind and breath.

In Gratitude,


About the Author

Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.

Lisa Diers, R.D., L.D., E-R.Y.T.

Lisa is The Emily Program's Director of Nutrition and Yoga Services. Lisa oversees the national operations of both nutrition and yoga departments, which includes the direction and oversite of the clinical practices for 65+ nutrition staff and 20+ yoga instructors. She has over 10 years of eating disorder specific experience in yoga instruction, clinical nutrition counseling and program development. Lisa draws from her deep knowledge base of nutrition, yoga, body image and eating disorder treatment to meet clients' physical and emotional needs. She develops and conducts national eating disorder and body image sensitive yoga trainings and is also a regular blogger on nutrition, yoga and body image; a published author (articles, book chapters and published research); and continues to conduct research to better understand the role of yoga and nutrition in eating disorder recovery.

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