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Sun Salutation 🙏

The Sun: source of energy of the universe

The sun not only provides us energy but also teaches us to shine like it. Sun has been a source of both spirituality and vitality on earth since the time immemorial. So why not to spare time and worship this real god; the visible source of energy. 

Surya Namaskar or Sun salutation is not only a way of worship but also a way to keep your body healthy. It’s not that difficult to manage 10 minutes of your busy lifestyle and practise Sun Salutation. You spend a lot of time in different workouts without knowing the value of this 10 minutes exercise. Have a look on these workouts and the calories burnt by them in 30 minutes; weightlifting burns around 199 calories, tennis around 232 calories, football around 298 calories, rock climbing around 364 calories, and running around 414 calories. You can’t believe that Surya Namaskar alone helps you to burn out 417 calories. Isn’t that worthy to burn 139 calories in just 10 mins.

Surya Namaskar, ‘The Ultimate Asana’ or “Full body workout”,  strengthens your back as well as your muscles and brings down blood sugar levels. It also improves metabolism and blood circulation (hence, a glowing skin) and ensures regular menstrual cycle for women.

Surya Namaskar consists of 7 asanas that are performed in a cyclic order, thereby creating 12 asanas in total. They are as follows:

Steps of sun salutation

1. Pranamasana: Surya Namaskar begins by greeting the Sun God in a prayer position while standing upright. It helps in calming down your body and mind.

2. Hastauttanasana/Ardhchakrasana: In this asana, hands are gradually lifted and the back is bent backwards. Slowly inhale air and bring your biceps close to the ears. The asana helps in stretching your chest as well as abdomen and surges the energy flow towards the upper part of your body.

3. Padahastasana: After stretching your abdominal region, Padahastasana further massages your belly. Doing so improves digestion while also enhancing your blood flow to the brain. Just exhale, bend, and try touching the floor with your hands while keeping your spine straight. Make sure that you exhale slowly and thoroughly. The asana also plays a role in eliminating female disorders.

4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana: This asana stretches your spine further along with quadriceps and iliopsoas muscles. It also stimulates your abdominal organs. After Padahastasana, start bending your knees towards the right side of your chest while moving your left leg backwards. You can take support from the ground. Raise your head and look forward. Also, inhale throughout.

5. Parvatasana: It makes your arms and legs stronger and relieves varicose veins. Parvatasana also stretches calf and spine muscles. Breathe out and lift your waist to make an ‘inverted V’ with your body. Try to keep your heels on the ground.

6. Dandasana: The dandasana improves body posture and reinforces your back muscles and spine. It also stretches your shoulder and chest. You have to take your parvatasana pose forward and perform a plank while inhaling. Make sure that both of your hands are just below your shoulders and the body is parallel to the ground.

7. Ashtanga Namaskara: Ashtanga Namaskara asana also helps in strengthening your chest, arms, and legs. Exhale and bring your chin down on the ground. Keep your hips up in the air. Your chin, chest, hands, and knees must be on the ground.

8. Bhujangasana: Now, slowly bring your hip down and place your legs as well as midsection on the ground while inhaling. Keep your head up and bend your back. Your body posture will resemble a cobra in this asana. It relieves tension from the back and spine.

9. Parvatasana: Keeping up with the cyclic order, repeat parvatasana.

10. Ashwa Sanchalanasana: Repeat Ashwa Sanchalanasana by lunging with your left leg forward this time.

11. Padahastasana: Repeat Padahastasana.

12. Hastauttanasana/Ardhchakrasana: Repeat Hastauttanasana.

The best time of any workout is early morning hours. The ideal time to perform Surya Namaskar is during sunrise while facing towards the sun with an empty stomach.

But what if you miss your Surya Namaskar at the crack of dawn? Well, you don’t need to worry much, it’s ultimately a workout that has both meditative and physiological benefits. Therefore, even if you miss your Surya Namaskar during sunrise (or even morning), you can also practice it in the evening. Just make sure you do it with an empty stomach.

  •  Point to be remembered: Surya Namaskar can be performed with your day-to-day food intake. However, it is always good to embrace a Sattvik diet. If Sattvik diet is a bit too much for you, you can also look towards a Rajasik diet while avoiding Tamsik food and beverages.

Surya Namaskar is known to have several psychological benefits as well. The physical exercise has a visible impact on memory retention, anxiety, and even helps in battling insomnia.

The sun is the source and bearer of life on earth. We must all seek good health from the sun. All of these benefits can be all ours by devoting just 10 minutes.

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