Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 powerful yoga poses. It creates a positive impact on the body and mind.
Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach. Each round of Sun Salutation consists of two sets, and each set is composed of 12 yoga poses. Doing 12 sets of this exercise translates into doing 288 powerful yoga asanas in a span of 12 to 15 minutes. You might find several versions on how to practice Sun Salutation. However, it is advisable to stick to one particular version and practice it regularly for best results.
Surya Namaskar also provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the sun for sustaining life on this planet.
Incredible Benefits of Sun Salutation:
- It helps maintain cardiovascular health
- It stimulates the nervous system
- It helps in stretching, flexing and toning the muscles
- It is an excellent exercise for weight loss management
- It helps in relaxation of the mind
- It strengthens the immune system
- It creates a positive impact on body
- It enhances blood circulation in the body
- It facilitates a regular menstrual cycle
- It Betters Your Skin and Hair
How to practice Surya Namaskaras?
- Step 1: Raised arms pose – Hastauttanasana
- Step 2: Hand to foot pose – Hasta Padasana
- Step 3: Equestrian pose- Ashwa Sanchalanasana
- Step 4: Stick pose – Dandasana
- Step 5: Hare Pose – Shashankasana
- Step 6: Salute with eight parts or points – Ashtanga Namaskara
- Step 7: Cobra pose – Bhujangasana
- Step 8: Downward facing dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
- Step 9: Hare Pose – Shashankasana
- Step 10: Equestrian pose- Ashwa Sanchalanasana
- Step 11: Raised arms pose – Hastauttanasana
- Step 12: Prayer pose – Pranamasana
Who Should Abstain from Practicing the Surya Namaskaras?
- Pregnant women must refrain from practicing the Surya Namaskaras after their third month of pregnancy.
- Those suffering from hernia and high blood pressure should also avoid practicing this sequence.
- Those suffering from back problems should seek proper guidance while practicing this sequence.
- Women must avoid practicing the Sun Salutation while they are on their periods.