Reasons to Do Surya Namaskar ( Sun Salutation )
2 Oct 2021 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is a whole complete series of postures. It is a very good exercise which takes only a few minutes to do and serves as a warm up routine before the practice of yoga asanas. It is the one of the best home exercises requiring little space, only eight by three feet. Be sure to have enough space to lie down, and enough clearance to stretch the arms above the head while standing.
It consists of 12 series of postures which are performed continuously and combines with synchronized breathing. Each position counteracts the preceding one producing a balance between flexions and extensions.
Close your practice with Shavasana, and start your day energized and centered. So, Wondering why do Sun Salutations, here are the five reasons to do Sun Salutations Every day.
1. Increase your energy circulation.
Doing Surya Namaskar, your body will be energized. Doing the Sun Salutations help in increase in the bodily function which in term These Sun Salutations will improve blood circulation, purify your blood, and strengthen the physical body.
After practicing Sun Salutations, the lungs, digestive system, muscles and joints all will be benefitted. This practice also increases the vital energy of prana in your body, which helps remove energy blockages. A series of Sun Salutations can, in itself, be a nice cardiovascular exercise benefitting the whole body.
2. Lengthen and tone your muscles.
Sun Salutations practice will bring more strength, flexibility, and tone to the body. This Practice will open up the hamstrings, shoulders, and the chest, as well as release tension. Sun Salutations offer a great release of tension on the spine, which creates length and increases flexibility. Forward Bends and the slight back bend of Cobra Pose help us add space and breathe into areas of tightness. The health of the spine helps maintaining a healthy mind and body.
3. Experience moving meditation
The Sun Salutation is a series of 12 asanas combined with each together with the breath. With every transition of the asanas, you follow the breathing. The breath provides a bridge between the body and the mind, and this gives a perfect moment for a quiet, moving meditation.
Let the mind follow the breath, and when it wanders, bring it back to the breath. Practice being present. Practice enjoying the moment, and not thinking about how many rounds you have done already or how many there are still to go. Be aware of the stories in your mind, and try to find a place beyond them.
4. Practice honor and respect.
Practicing Sun Salutations daily gives us the perfect place to observe our body. We are different every day, and the practice should reflect this. Some days the body feels supple and capable, and on other days it may feel stiff and tired.
Respect your body everyday as it is. Watch it grow with your daily practice, and modify the sequence as needed. Try not to let your ego dictate the practice–you don’t need to go faster or deeper, as there are no end goals or requirements in yoga. It’s just you and your body, slowly moving and enjoying the journey.
5. Be centered and grateful.
With these Sun Salutations, you can rehearse this feeling of thanks in each morning. Be always thankful to have woken up, that there’s a new day, and that you’re suitable to move your body as you wish. There are so numerous possession we take for granted and appreciate only when they’re gone.
Sun Salutation, as the translating indicates, is a gesture of respect and acknowledgement to the sun, but you can also tout any area of your life for which you’re particularly thankful. Save each round to one thing you’re thankful for, no matter how small or big, and soon after, you’ll feel the uplift in your mood and spirit!