What if you could start your day with a shot of energy from the sun? Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a 2500 year old practice of 12 yoga poses or asanas. Each of the poses is designed to provide you with specific benefits and is believed to attract energy into the body from sun. Apart from providing a number of benefits to your physical and mental health, this ritual is also believed to target one’s solar plexus chakra.
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It can give you the following benefits:
Improve overall health
Since it involves syncing body movements with breathing it warms up your body and and it’s overall health. It also gives you a positive mental awareness. Practising this in the mornings is the best way to start your day fresh as it can help you improve blood circulation and cardiovascular health, detox you body and beat stress.
When done at a fast rate, it is an excellent cardiovascular workout which also improves metabolism.
The alternative stretching and compression of the abdominal organs improves the digestive system. Practicing surya namaskar on an empty stomach early in the morning is advisable to people suffering from constipation and dyspepsia or indigestion.
Look and feel youthful
The improved blood circulation can bring you the glow in you skin and prevent onset of wrinkles.
Get those rock-hard abs!
Want that flat and toned stomach? Well surya namaskar might just be the answer. Performing this asanas on a regular basis is a great workout for your core muscles including your abs.
There is active inhalation and exhalation throughout the ritual which keeps the lungs ventilated and the blood oxygenated. This also flushes out carbon dioxide and other toxic gases from the body
Practising surya namaskar normalizes the activities of endocrine glands, especially the thyroid gland. It can also improve the memory and nervous system all over contributing to keeping anxiety at bay.
The asanas work your entire body contributing to the overall flexibility of the body.
Promotes regular menstrual cycle
In women, surya namaskars can aid in regular menstrual cycles and also contribute towards easy childbirth
Toned Arms, Strengthened Spine
The movements can improve the flexibility of your spine and is an excellent way to stretch and strengthen your muscles, joints, ligaments and the skeletal system. Therefore if toned arms are what you are looking for, then surya namaskars are for you.
* Pregnant women are advised not to practice this after third month of pregnancy
* Patients of hernia and high blood pressure are advised against this
* If you suffer from back pain, seek advice before attempting
* Women are advised not to practice during periods.