The Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is an ancient method of showing appreciation to the sun. You can burn up to 417 calories in just 30 minutes of Sun Salutation.
It is equivalent of 288 yoga poses in 15 minutes.
You should practice at least 12 rounds of the Surya Namaskaras daily, which means 6 sets on the right leg, and 6 sets on the left leg.
However, if you are a beginner, it is best you start with 4 sets, and then slowly increase the number of sets.
Best time to practice Surya Namaskar..!!
The best time to practice the Surya Namaskar is early in the morning. But you must make sure your stomach and bowels are empty.
Sun Salutation can be practiced in the evening as well. But if you want to practice after sunset, it is no longer Sun Salutation, it then becomes “Chandra Namaskaras or Moon Salutation.”
This routine is a perfect workout that brings about balance in your life. It connects your mind soul, and body and brings out the best in you.
Surya Namaskar is a sequence of 12 positions performed in the continuous flow.
12 Mantras for the 12 sets that are typically practiced.
a) Om Mitraya Namah
b) Om Ravaye Namah
c) Om Suryaya Namah
d) Om Arkaya Namah
e) Om Bhaskaraya Namah
f) Om Marichaya Namah
g) Om Adityaya Namah
h) Om Bhanave Namah
i) Om Khagaya Namah
j) Om Poosne Namah
k) Om Hiranyagarbhaya Namah
l) Om Savitre Namah
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SURYA NAMASKAR..!!
1. Improves Blood Circulation
Until the end of the yoga sequence, you inhale and exhale and your lungs undergo regular ventilation. Your blood remains oxygenated and fresh.
This practice flushes out the toxins from the body.
2. The Weight Loss Mantra
When Surya Namaskar is done at a fast speed, it becomes a “cardio routine.” Therefore, it helps you lose extra weight and also tones your arms and abs.
Your spine becomes extremely flexible. It also strengthens your skeletal system.
4. Great For Your Skin and Hair
This sequence gives you a healthy glow on your face and keeps you youthful, no matter your age. It boosts your blood circulation.
It also delays the signs of aging and keeps the wrinkles far away. This sequence also prevents graying of hair and hair loss.
5. Facilitates A Regular Menstrual Cycle
This workout routine will balance out your irregular menstrual cycle and regulate your periods. If practiced daily, it also ensures ease in childbirth.
6. Anti-anxiety Properties
The Surya Namaskar poses boosts memory and enhance the nervous system as well as concentration.
The sequence also stabilizes the activity of the endocrine and thyroid glands. Therefore, it minimizes anxiety and stress and promotes calmness.
7. Helps strengthen joints and muscles
Surya Namaskar gives you a good way to stretch and strengthen your muscles, ligament, joints, as well as the skeletal system. The movements can also help boost the flexibility of your spine.
8. Better digestive system
The Surya Namaskar will ensure a smooth running of your digestive system. These yoga poses will help boost the blood flow to your digestive tract resulting in better functioning of the intestines.
The forward bend pose will boost your abdomen space which will help in flushing out the trapped gases from your body and thus prevents constipation.
9. Treats insomnia
You can enhance your sleeping patterns by regularly practicing Surya Namaskar. These asanas will help you to get a good night’s sleep.
10. Lowers blood sugar levels
The movements of the Surya Namaskar brings down blood sugar levels and keeps heart diseases at bay.
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