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Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

1 Aug 2019 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy

Surya Namaskar

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.

There are two types of Surya Namaskar: 1) Traditional One and Modern One. Here we will be talking about the Traditional One:

Pose 1: Prayer Pose (Pranamasana)

Sun Salutation
Pranamasana (Prayer Pose)

Stand at the edge of your mat, keep your feet together and balance your weight equally on both the feet. Expand your chest and relax your shoulders. As you breathe in, lift both arms up from the sides and as you exhale, bring your palms together in front of the chest in prayer position.Then Pray the Sun Salutation Mantra.

Pose 2: Raised Arm Pose (Uttanasana)

Sun Salutation
Raised Arm Pose (Uttanasana)

Breathing in, lift the arms up and back, keeping the biceps close to the ears. In this pose, the objective is to stretch the whole body up from the heels to the tips of the fingers. To get maximum benefits, you may pull the pelvis forward and ensure reaching up with your fingers rather than going backwards.

Pose 3: Hand to Foot Pose (Hastapadasana)

Sun Salutation
Hand to Foot Pose (Hastapadasana)

Breathing out, bend forward from the waist, keeping the spine erect. As you exhale completely, bring the hands down to the floor, beside the feet.

Pose 4: Equestrian Pose (Sanchalasana)

Sun Salutation
Equestrian Pose (Sanchalasana)

rescent moon pose. Inhale and raise the arms above the head and extend the spine backwards arching the back from the waist and moving the hips forward. Let the eyes follow the hands while relaxing your neck.

Pose 5: Mountain Pose (Parvatasana)

Surya Namaskar
Mountain Pose (Parvatasana)

Exhale and bring the left foot back in line with the right. Lift the hips up high like a mountain. Push the heels and head down and look at the toes with the head down between the arms.

Pose 6: Salutation Pose: Astanga Namaskar

Salutation Pose: Astanga Namaskar

Put the knees down first and then bring the chest down. See that eight parts of the body are touching the floor including two feet, two knees, two hands, the chest and the chin or forehead. Sashtang means eight limbs and dandawat means paying homage by touching the floor. Make sure the hips are slightly raised above the ground. Inhale and exhale in this position. Keep the feet together.

Pose 7: Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Lower the pelvis and abdomen to the floor. Inhale and stretch the toes on the floor. Raise your head slowly up, arch the spine and neck and look up. Keep your legs together and the elbows alongside the body slightly bent and keep the shoulders down.

Pose 8: Mountain Pose (Parvatasana)

Exhale and wiggle your toes forward allowing your feet to rest on the soles while your raise the hips as you did in number 5.  If possible, try and keep the heels on the ground and make a gentle effort to lift the tailbone up, going deeper into the stretch.

Pose 9: Equestrian Pose (Sanchalasa)

Inhale and bring the right foot forward and assume pose number 4 exactly as before.

In this position, make a gentle effort to push the hips down towards the floor, to deepen the stretch.

Pose 10: Hand to Foot Pose (Hastapadasana)

Hand to Foot Pose (Hastapadasana)

Breathing out, bring the left foot forward. Keep the palms on the floor. You may bend the knees, if necessary. Gently straighten the knees and if you can, try and touch your nose to the knees. Keep breathing.

Pose 11: Raised Arm Pose ( Uttanasa)

Raised Arm Pose ( Uttanasa)

Breathing in, roll the spine up, hands go up and bend backwards a little bit, pushing the hips slightly outward. Ensure that your biceps are beside your ears. The idea is to stretch up more rather than stretching backwards

Step 12: Prayer Pose (Pranamasana)

Prayer Pose (Pranamasana)

Exhale and stand erect bringing the hands back to the center of the chest with palms together as in pose number 1.

 6. Very Benefits of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

1. Improves Muscles Flexibility Each of the asanas did in Suryanamaskar centers around various muscle activities and operational hubs called Chakras. This aids in conditioning practically the entire of your body parts including arms, abs, thighs, and butt. It, in fact, improves the body’s adaptability. As the muscle tone improves your general identity is upgraded also.

2. Improves Blood Circulation of the Body
Due to the active process of inhalation and exhalation, the lungs are constantly ventilated and the blood remains oxygenated. It’s a great way of detoxing your body and helping it get rid of excess carbon dioxide and other toxic gases. Surya namaskar’s sequence of postures is most scientific as it completes the circuit within the body. The cycle of blood flowing in and out from the heart into the right and left sides of the body is completed.

3. Good Digestion And Help in Weight Loss
Appropriate exercise and legitimate rest alongside a decent eating routine outcomes in improved insulin affectability and expands digestion. This certainly animates the stomach related tract by creating the correct sort of stomach related juices. Diverse asanas in Surya Namaskar guides the bloodstream to different indispensable organs which ensure improve execution.

4. Improves Energy and Awareness Levels Alongside asanas, the breathing example is additionally a significant part of Surya Namaskar, which gives a profound cognizant unwinding to the body and brain. It expands the mindfulness. The casual personality and more beneficial body at that point result in improved vitality levels.

5. Anti-anxiety and Calming Properties
Surya Namaskar helps to improve memory and the nervous system. Moreover, its stabilizes the activity of the endocrine and thyroid glands, thereby reducing anxiety and inducing the sensation of complete calmness and tranquility.

6. The sensitivity of the Heart Chakra
While engaging Surya Namaskar, both hands are joined together connecting to the center of the heart, these many beliefs activate the heart chakra and motivate the lotus heart to become more sensitive. 

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