Surya Namaskar is one of the most prominent and well known yoga activity. It actually dates back to the Vedic times, and there have been many references about the benefits of Surya Namaskar in the Vedas. Surya Namaskar actually means “Sun Salutations” a daily activity that is performed by Hindus to the Sun God in order to maintain a peaceful and prosperous life. It consists of 12 poses, and a completion of these 12 poses twice is considered one cycle.
Apart from this, it is also a part of the Aditya Hridayam, another ancient practice. Sage Agastya taught this to Sri Rama before his fight with Ravana in the book Ramayana. Even though the Surya Namaskar has a very strong Hindu significance, it is no longer practiced only by Hindus. The benefits of the Surya Namaskar has spread far and wide, with teachers worldwide teaching it to their students as well.
Let us look at the benefits this ancient art can bring to you in your fast paced modern life.
Morning Stiffness – How many of us have woken up in the morning with stiff joints and shoulders that feel very rigid? Fifteen minutes of the Surya Namaskar every morning can make you feel flexible and get rid of body stiffness too!
Sharp and Energetic – Surya Namaskar fights fatigue and improves concentration. The simple bends and turns are enough to make sure your body and mind feel fresh.
De-stressing – Practice Surya Namaskar in the evening to de-stress yourself after a hard day work. Even a few sets of this yoga can calm your mind and make you feel active and positive!
Digestion – Another benefit of Surya Namaskar is to aid the digestive system. In this age of fast food and read to eat meals, have increased digestive problems such as gastric, acidity, constipation etc. Surya Namaskar makes certain that you no longer have that bloated feeling all day.
Posture – Most of us are used to spending almost ten to twelve hours in front of the computer everyday, leading to a very slouched posture, which is very harmful in the long run. The stretches in the Surya Namaskara makes every part of our body move rhythmically. This increases blood flow in the body and relieves body pain.
So go ahead, master this simple yoga technique to lead a much more healthier and active lifestyle.