Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation)

Shine through the day like the rising sun, with the ancient yogic tradition that provides you with the vitality to do just that. Suryanamaskar though an ancient science has proved to be as relevant today as it has ever been.Some people believe Suryanamaskar to be a way to train and focus your mind, while other vouch for it as being the best fitness routine that does wonders to the overall physical wellbeing. Well over the years it has proven to be all of that and more.

Suryanamaskar is a set of twelve postures (or ten if we don’t count the resting postures) practiced repeatedly in a cyclic manner. The advantage of the practice is that it can be performed at a pace that is comfortable to oneself, while pacing up overtime but reaping the benefits of the practice right from the beginning. The benefits of practicing Suryanamaskar are multifold:

  •  It gives you a good stretch and is extremely good for the overall physical fitness. It improves flexibility and posture and is very beneficial for your joints and ligaments.
  • It stimulates the vital bodily systems such as the cardiovascular system, digestive system and the nervous system which are the core of physical health and well-being.
  • It regularizes the functioning of the endocrine glands such as the thyroid glands and the pituitary glands.
  • It also helps regularize menstrual cycles.
  • Regular practice helps alleviate stress and increases concentration and focus.
  • If combined with a well-balanced diet, the practice of Suryanamaskar has proven to be very effective in weight reduction due to its benefits mentioned above in regularizing the body functions and its role in maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.
  • The exercises are even effective in reducing abdominal flab which is hard to achieve even through some the most rigorous workout routines. It is a well-known fact that fat accumulation around the mid body region is an indicative of increased risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart conditions.
  • It improves the blood circulation to all parts of the body including the brain, Thus increasing mental alertness and sharpness.
  • It has been observed that it also has been beneficial in hair and skin health. Off course it is easy to see why from the benefits listed above!

So in short a healthy body, sharp and focused mind, no flab, fab-hair and glowing skin! Now who wouldn’t want that. It is not hard to see why Suryanamaskar has gained the popularity that it has today and is being accepted world-wide for its benefits. Embrace the ancient mantra to happy living and healthy aging. Get ready to shine like the rising sun! There are lots of tutorials available for free on the web which you can refer to for learning purpose. We highly recommend that you join a yoga class where you can learn the techniques perfectly. Soon we will try to upload a video tutorial on this for your reference.

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