Saturday, February 16, 2019

Keys to Yogic Lifestyle - Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a sequence of 12 powerful yoga poses. Besides being a great cardiovascular workout, Surya Namaskar is also known to have an immensely positive impact on the body and mind.
Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach. Each round of Sun Salutation consists of two sets, and each set is composed of 12 yoga poses. You might find several versions on how to practice Sun Salutation. However, it is advisable to stick to one particular version and practice it regularly for best results.
Besides good health, Surya Namaskar also provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the sun for sustaining life on this planet. So, for the next 10 days, start your day with a feeling of grace and gratitude towards the sun. Do 12 rounds of Sun Salutation, followed by other yoga poses, and then relax with a round of Yoga Nidra. You will be amazed to find that this simple mantra will help you stay fit, happy, and peaceful throughout the day.


12 Surya Namaskar Steps
  • Step 1: Prayer pose – Pranamasana. ...
  • Step 2: Raised arms pose – Hastauttanasana. ...
  • Step 3: Hand to foot pose – Hasta Padasana. ...
  • Step 4: Equestrian pose- Ashwa Sanchalanasana. ...
  • Step 5: Stick pose- Dandasana. ...
  • Step 6: Salute with eight parts or points – Ashtanga Namaskara. ...
  • Step 7: Cobra pose – Bhujangasana... .. 
  • Step 8: Mountain pose - Parvatasana....
  • Step 9: equestrian pose- Ashwa Sanchalanasana... ..
  • Step 10: Hand to foot pose – Hasta Padasana. ...
  • Step11: Raised arms pose – Hastauttanasana. ...
  • Step 12: Standing Mountain pose- Tadasana... 

Surya Namaskar Benefits

Surya Namaskar is very much idyllic for very busy people who are juggling work, family and fitness program. Young and old can practice this yoga for many health benefits as well as for ensuring great well-being.

1- Good for Weight Management

Yes, most women want to lose weight. It is a very good news that there’s an inexpensive way to do that! You can definitely lose extra calories simply by stretching the abdominal muscles. It can help regulate the hormonal secretions in the thyroid gland which is responsible for weight. Easy childbirth, increase of breastmilk production, zero constipation, healthy skin glow, ageless face and regular menstrual cycles are possible with the help of Surya Namaskar yoga sequence. It is indeed beneficial for women. It can help literally shed fat in areas such as hips, thighs, abdomen, chin and neck.

2- Cognitive Skills Booster

Sun salutations are also great for kids in order to improve concentration and calm the mind. It can help revitalize the nervous systems which is consist of brain and spinal cord.

3- Balance of your Dosha

The Salute to the Sun can help balance the three doshas Pita, Kapha and Vata. These constitutions may go out of balance due to varying factors. The weather, food, day-to-day activities, stress management at work and hours of sleep can all affect the dosha. However, with regular practice of Surya Namaskar, you can actually keep your dosha in balance.

4- Good Maintenance of Over-all Health

Surya Namaskar is beneficial for the lungs and can help decrease any chances of getting tuberculosis. It can help improve the blood circulations so as to prevent blood pressure issues and palpitation. Moreover, it can correct any problems in the functioning of different glands. Believe it or not but it can increase your longevity.
Enjoy your practice of Surya Namaskar. Of course, it is important to do some gentle warm-ups before practicing. Perform your sun salutations at the East direction in the morning whereas West direction if you are executing it in the evening.
Keep some sense of gratitude and smile on your face while doing your Salute to the Sun yoga sequences. Most importantly, it is vital to remember that you need to have grace, perform it at a slow pace and do it with awareness on your breath. Your breathing should always be natural.

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