(Part 1) Yoga on Hilton Head Island: The Warm Up

May on Hilton Head Island is the ideal time to be outside. According to the Weather Channel:

  • The average low is 62
  • The average high is 80
  • The average precipitation is 2.95 inches (second after November in lowest annually)
  • The average ocean temperature is 75

With extra daylight hours and relatively few mosquitoes, May is my favorite month to do yoga outside. My top 5 places to do yoga on Hilton Head Island are:

Chamber beach photo

May on Hilton Head Island

(To learn more about Hilton Head’s beaches click here. Beach rentals are also available through Shore Beach Services.)

I have taught yoga for over a decade and anyone, and I mean anyone, can do it. A well-rounded yoga class is divided into 6 segments:

  • The Warm Up
  • The Standing Sequence
  • The Balancing Sequence
  • The Seated Sequence
  • Inversion
  • The Cool Down

This post will first breakdown the Warm Up. Typically in yoga Surya Namaskar A or the Sun Salutation A is used to awaken the body, mind and breath to prepare for a yoga practice.

To do the Sun Salutation A:

Sun Salutation A sequence

Sun Salutation A sequence

  • Begin in Tadasana or Standing Pose
  • Inhale, extend the arms out wide and up towards the sky
  • Exhale, extend the arms out wide and down towards the ground as you come into a forward fold
  • Inhale, lift the torso halfway up keeping the spine strong and flat
  • Exhale, step or jump to Plank Pose
  • Inhale, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana or Upward Facing Dog
  • Exhale, Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog
  • Hold Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog for 5 breaths
  • Inhale, look forward towards your hands
  • Exhale, step or jump to the front of your mat
  • Inhale, lift the torso halfway up keeping the spine strong and flat
  • Exhale, come into a forward fold
  • Inhale, extend the arms out wide and up towards the sky as you engage the belly to lift the torso up
  • Exhale, find Tadasana or Standing Pose
  • Repeat 3-5 times

Be well!–Becca