Sun is the source of everything, we can not live without sunlight and it has had a very important significance both in spirituality and vitality on the Earth for centuries. The significance of the sun can be traced back to the ancient Mayan, Egyptian, Aztec, Tibetan, and Indian civilizations; the sun is the source of life.
Scientifically, the sun radiates energy to the earth in the form of heat and sunlight. Sunlight plays a very significant role in our lives and our well-being. Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation, has a huge impact on human’s and we can actually gain all the benefits of the sun via Surya namaskar.
Surya Namaskar can make you organized and can change your entire lifestyle. It is advised that you perform Surya Namaskar every morning to ensure that you have a set schedule that cannot be altered. It will help in bringing stability to your life and can leave you with a much calmer atmosphere.
If you think Surya namaskar is easy then you are highly mistaken, it is a full-body workout. Ten minutes of Surya Namaskar helps you in burning around 139 calories, if you do it for an hour you can imagine the calories it helps you burn.
Benefits of surya namaskar
Surya namaskar includes the function of our entire body, which means that it is an all-body workout and helps you in reducing weight all over. Here are all the 12 asanas of Surya namaskar that you need to perform.
Pranamasana: Surya Namaskar starts by Pranamasana which means greeting the Sun God in a prayer position while standing upright. It helps in calming down your body and mind and gets you ready for all the asanas coming up.
Hasta Uttanasana: This is the second asana and it starts with the hands being gradually lifted and the back bent backward. Slowly inhale air and bring your biceps close to your ears. This asana helps in stretching your chest and the abdomen, it also helps in surging the energy flow towards the upper part of the body.
Padahastasana: After stretching your abdominal region, Padahastasana helps in massaging your belly. This asana helps in improving digestion and also enhances the blood flow to your brain. Just exhale, bend, and try to touch the floor with your hands while keeping your spine aligned. Make sure that you exhale slowly.
Ashwa Sanchalanasana: This asana helps stretch your spine further along with the quadriceps and iliopsoas muscles. After Padahastasana, this asana will start by bending your knees towards the right side of your chest while moving your left leg backwards. Raise your head and look forward. Also make sure that you are inhaling throughout.
Parvatasana: This asana helps in making your arms and legs stronger and relieves varicose veins. Parvatasana also helps in stretching your calf and spine muscles. Breathe out and lift your waist to make an ‘inverted V’, people who are just starting off may not be able to make a perfect V but that okay practice will make you better. You need to keep your feet and your hands on the ground for this asana.
Dandasana: The dandasana helps in improving body posture and reinforces your back muscles and spine, and also stretches your shoulder and chest. You need to start with your Parvatasana pose forward and perform a plank while slowly inhaling.
Ashtanga Namaskara: Ashtanga Namaskara asana helps in strengthening your chest, arms, and legs. Exhale and bring your chin down on the ground. While you keep your hips in the air, make sure that your chin, chest, hands, and knees are on the ground.
Bhujangasana: This asana starts by slowly bringing your hip down and placing your legs as well as midsection on the ground while slowly inhaling. Your body posture will resemble a cobra in this asana.
The ideal time to perform Surya Namaskar is during the sunrise while facing towards the sun. but if you are not comfortable with the morning timings then you can also practice it in the evening according to your preference.
You can go on with your normal everyday diet but if you want to reap the maximum benefit of Surya namaskar then you must have a Sattvic diet.
As we mentioned above that the sun plays a major role in our well-being, doing Surya namaskar not only energizes our mind and body but also helps in balancing our chakras. We hope that you like the above-shared information and that you will definitely make Surya namaskar a part of your daily routine.