Workout Wednesday: 'Yoga Girl' Rachel Brathen's Sun Salutations
The Instagram phenomenon and new author has a routine that'll start every morning off right.
Looking to shake up your fitness regimen? We've got influencers from the wellness world here to share their favorite workouts. Come back every Wednesday for a new exercise to try.
Who: Rachel Brathen, author of Yoga Girl (Touchstone, $16) and Gaiam online yoga instructor
Best fitness advice ever received: "Keep your workouts fun!"
Favorite pre- or post-workout snack: "Pre: banana with almond butter. Post: coconut water."
Favorite workout gear: "I love LIVE! From Brazil. The sports bras and leggings are amazing. Also, Jiva and Purusha People."
Gym bag beauty essential: "I bring rose water that I spritz on my face afterwards and No Puffery from Origins ($25), the world's best cooling eye gel! I like Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes ($6). Removing makeup and dirt from your face before you start sweating makes your skin happier post-workout."
Go-To Exercise: Sun Salutations (Brathen suggests you take as long as you need or, to "create plenty of heat," transition on each inhale or exhale)
"It's so simple, but it really does have everything you need to start your day off right—heart openers, forward bends, core work—and it gets your blood pumping. Learn how to do Surya Namaskar A properly, especially the vinyasa, roll out your yoga mat and do ten each morning. Yoga doesn’t need to be complicated! The repetition of this same sequence allows the breath to deepen and the mind to calm down as well."
For more guidance, see these moves performed in an exclusive video from Rachel Brathen's yoga program for Gaiam, below.