“Surya Namaskar”, a sanskrit name literally translated as Sun Salutations are a set of twelve Yoga Postures(Asanas) done in a flow like a dance. It is often coordinated with the breath and a mantra for each of the 12 poses. These set of 12 Yoga postures are of tremendous benefit to the body and the mind. Lets see some of its advantages.
LOSE THOSE EXTRA CALORIES, GET A BETTER SHAPE & RADIANT FACE:
Surya Namaskar not only helps shed those extra pounds by balancing the hormonal secretions, boosting up and correcting the metabolic rate, but also tones the whole body, giving the body the perfect shape you deserve. It stretches almost all the parts of the body, including, the abdomen, thighs, hips, arms, etc, toning them all. Since, these set of asanas increase circulation throughout the body, it increases the blood flow to the face and head as well, increasing the oxygen supply to these area which manifests in the quality of the skin making the face glow and radiant!
Surya Namaskar increases the blood circulation in the head region supplying the brain with fresh oxygenated blood. Oxygen is the food for the entire body and even the brain. Increased oxygen means better function of the brain, it also leads to clarity of mind and thus a more focused mind. Mind becomes one-pointed.
INCREASED STRENGTH, STAMINA, AND VITALITY:
In Yogic Science, Pingala or Surya Nadi is the psychic or energy channel which carries the vital life giving force. Practise of Surya Namaskar regulates this energy channel which means a balanced energy system at both mental and physical planes. It is one of the three main Nadi(energy channels) of the body. This energy channel is responsible for activeness, alertness, enthusiasm and much more. Surya Namaskar unblocks many other energy channels in the body, allowing the normal flow of energy in the body. It also builds up the stamina, and increases the endurance power of the muscles to sustain effort, increasing physical strength. It also increases the mental stamina and strength simultaneously. Surya Namaskar’s deepens the breathing, allowing increased supply of oxygen to the body.
DISEASE FREE BODY AND STRESS FREE MIND:
Surya Namaskar stimulates all the joints, muscles and organs of the body. All the systems of the body including circulatory, reproductive, respiratory, digestive and nervous system are stimulated and positively affected. It even strengthens the back greatly, and releases lot of stress accumulated in the body and mind. The link between body and mind is strong. A healthy body leads to a happy mind and vice versa. Surya Namaskara is a complete yogic package. Thus is it is highly recommended practice. Just a set of these 12 poses in a day can keep your body disease free and mind happy!
DEVELOP YOUR SIXTH SENSE:
Solar plexus has a great importance in Yogic Science. It is responsible for intuition or the sixth sense and is also called the “second brain”. Solar plexus is tiny for a normal human being. Regular practise of Surya Namaskar however, leads to expansion of solar plexus and thus develop intuition, bring clarity and focus in life.