Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 powerful yoga asanas preferably done at the time of sunrise, or can be done anytime you want. These asanas gives you the best cardiovascular workout with a peaceful mind. Performing Surya Namaskar every morning leaves you feeling positive and confident throughout the day. You get a clear mind and develop your focus. The sequence of movements, not only strengthen the physical body, but also contribute greatly to the mental and spiritual health. These asanas can be performed with different levels ranging from physical exercise to a complete sadhna.( asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation).
The Science behind Surya Namaskar
“Surya” means Sun and “Namaskar” means to salute, this provides the reason why it is called as “Sun Salutations” in the west. Originated in India, its history is described in ancient Hindu scriptures (the Vedas) which describes sun as source of life for this planet, ‘Pratyaksha Narayana’ or God in the living form and Surya Namaskar as a morning tribute to the Sun God. Each of the 12 asana have a mantra that worships the sun god and the practitioner may recite them while performing these asanas.
Begin your day with Surya Namaskar to leverage these benefits:
Regular practice of Surya Namaskar improves blood circulation throughout the body, this makes your skin glow and reduces hair problems like premature graying, hair fall.
Helps to reduce weight:
Surya Namaskar helps reducing weight much faster if done at a fast pace. A weight loss starts with fat burning around your belly first. The asanas will stretch your abdominal muscles which helps to shed that belly fat.
Keeps your body flexible:
It keeps your body aches at bay. These asanas make a complete workout for your body muscles, keeping you flexible and fit.
If you suffer from constipation or indigestion, you should practice Surya Namaskar regularly on an empty stomach. These asanas stretch and compress abdominal muscles which improves digestive system.
Tones your muscles and strengthens your spine:
When performed at a low pace, these asanas stretch our body muscles in such a way that it tones your waistline, arms and strengthens your spinal acrh.