Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation, a set of Yoga asanas, gives reverence to the creative life force of the universe that radiates inside as well as outside the body. The Sun Salutation prepares the whole body for Yoga Asanas. It is a graceful
sequence of twelve positions linked by a continuous flowing motion; each position counteracts the one before, stretching the body in a different way.
Practice of the complete set of “Yoga asanas” of Surya Namaskar (Salutations to the Sun) combined with proper deep and rhythmic breathing can provide significant physical and mental benefits. They can be practiced any time of the day, however, mornings on an empty stomach are preferred. When practiced in the morning, the Yoga asanas that comprise Surya Namaskar relieve stiffness, energize the body and refresh the mind. It is a form of exercise for all fitness levels. It is a spiritually uplifting exercise and promotes a keen awareness of the interconnectedness of your body,
mind and breath.
Surya Namaskar provides all of the key health benefits of Yoga in a very succinct package. Surya Namaskar provides a complete workout for the muscles, benefits joints, ligaments and the skeletal system by improving posture, flexibility and balance. Surya Namaskar practice stimulates and conditions virtually every system in the body. It stimulates the cardiovascular system and is good for the digestive system and the nervous system. It stimulates the lymphatic system and supports respiratory system health, as well. Surya Namaskar also benefits the Endocrine system and enables the various endocrinal glands to function properly.
A note of caution for beginners: Although Surya Namaskar is one of the best Yoga practices for your entire body, you should take certain precautions if you have certain heart conditions or are suffering from certain ailments and health conditions like ulcer, inflamed joints, hypertension, and vertigo. Pregnant women too should exercise caution and take their doctor’s consent before embarking on its practice. These Yoga asana practices are best done under the supervision of a qualified teacher.
Begin with a set of three Surya Namaskars in the first instance and gradually increase it to five then ten and more depending on your stamina. More than clocking up numbers, it is important to get each Yoga posture right, for the very essence of this yogic ritual lies in perfecting every move.
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