We are sure that there is not a single person that has not heard of the benefits of Surya Namaskar or the sequence of Sun Salutations.
It is a series of 12 yoga poses that have the ability to affect your life so positively that you may not even believe it in one go.
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This is a fairly brief routine of 12 complex yoga asanas performed as a devotion or tribute to the sun which is believed to be the origin of life on Earth, according to the Yogic philosophy.
It’s recommended that you do this early in the morning, on an empty stomach during the sunrise period. One round of the greetings is composed of two sets, each of which has the 12 yoga poses. However, there can be different versions of it, so you should try to pick one and practice it religiously in order to achieve good results.
Below, you can find the 12 sequences of Sun Greeting and the countless benefits it will give you.
Surya Namaskar starts with Pranamasana – the first step and it means the Prayer Pose. Begin by standing up straight on your mat and putting your feet close together. Next, relax your shoulders and inhale. When you exhale, lift your arms to the namaskar position and put your palms together. Hold your legs and hands tight.
Now proceed to switch from the previous position to the pose of the Raised Arms. Inhale and raise your arms up in a way that places your biceps next to your ears. After you have done that, try stretching your whole body from your heels to your fingertips.
Breathe out, and lean forward from the waist. Aim to touch the ground as you move down while ensuring your spine is erect at the same time. Continue doing this while pushing out all the air you’ve inhaled.
Stretch your legs behind you in order to do this Equestrean pose. Then fold your right knee and hold it near your chest. Position your hands on the ground, put your neck backward and set your gaze upwards.
Put your right leg behind you while placing your body in a straight line. Try keeping it parallel to the ground.
Pull your knees to the ground as you exhale, slowly. Rest your chin and hands on the ground. Hold your hips high and ensure that your hands, knees, chin, and chest are touching the floor.
You need to align your chest and torso to the ground while holding your legs and mid-section on the ground to do the cobra pose. Continue by using your hands to support your body but make sure you’re not putting all your pressure on them.
Lift your mid-section while maintaining your hands and feet where they already were. Exhale and change to this pose.
Take yourself to this position as you did in the 4th sequence, but the only change will be that now, while holding your left foot in its original position, move your right foot forward.
For this step, try to bring your left foot forward and position it right next to your right foot. Use your hands and try to lift yourself up as you exhale.
Lift your hands up and inhale. Then lean back a little and slightly hold your hips outward.
As you prepare to move on to the final step, exhale and stand in a comfortable manner. Put your hands together and feel the wave of good energy flowing through you. This last step finishes one repetition of Surya Namaskar.
Effective benefits of Surya Namaskar
Doing these steps is a perfect way to burn some excess calories, and prevent any unnecessary/unhealthy fat accumulation.
Surya Namaskar should be the first thing you do when you wake up because it helps you stay focused and concentrated for the rest of the day. It helps get the brain and spine energized and rejuvenated.
Since the sequence includes a lot of stretching and flexing as well as quick movement into different asanas, it helps to strengthen and tighten the muscles while still making them strong enough to have high stamina.
Doing a relaxing workout first thing in the morning fully energizes the body. As you follow the sequences, the blood flow in your body is ensured to become smooth and efficient. This enables the rich and oxygenated blood supply to enter all organs so they can operate effectively for the rest of the day.
As it energizes all the organs and makes them function effectively, Surya Namaskar helps to make the body protected against all sorts of diseases that may come your way. It makes the immune system powerful enough to fight off all kinds of weaknesses.
In general, these 12 poses ensure that your body is safe, calm and that your mind is at peace too. This sequence is a perfect way to ensure improved mental and physical health.
If these 12 poses are practiced with commitment and on a daily basis, the benefits of Surya Namaskar are both physical and mental. If you have already awakened your third eye this practice can be even more beneficial. So, begin your routine and witness the improvements yourself.