Salute the sun with Surya Namaskar

Be a part of the April 7 Yogathon event in which more than 10 lakh people worldwide will do Surya Namaskars together in different cities, says Dinesh Kashikar, Sri Sri yoga teacher. He explains the benefits of Surya Namaskars here……

If you are pressed for time and are looking for a single mantra to stay fit, yoga provides the answer in the form of Surya Namaskar or sun salutation. This provides a good cardiovascular workout and keeps the body in shape and the mind calm.
Health benefits Yoga experts say doing 12 sets of Surya Namaskar is like doing 288 powerful yoga asanas in a span of just 15 minutes. The asanas massage, detoxify, and stimulate almost every organ of the body and bring suppleness to the spine. Regular practice impacts the heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat, and legs – in short, the whole body from top to bottom. It purifies the blood, improves blood circulation, and ensures proper functioning of the stomach, bowels, and nerve centers. It improves posture, flexibility, enhances concentration and intuition, and burns excess calories and tones the body. Practicing sun salutation daily also helps balance your Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the body’s constitutions. Twelve asanas Best done early morning on an empty stomach, Surya Namaskar is a series of postures, wherein each round consists of two sets. These postures are Pranamasana (prayer pose), Hastauttanasana (raised arms pose), Hasta Padasana (hand to foot pose), Ashwa Sanchalanasana (equestrian pose), Dandasana (stick pose), Ashtanga Namaskara (salute with eight parts or points), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), Parvatasana (mountain pose), Ashwa Sanchalanasana (equestrian pose), Hasta Padasana (hand to foot pose), Hastauttanasana (raised arms pose) and Tadasana. These 12 yoga poses complete one set of Surya Namaskar. To complete the second half, you need to repeat the same sequence of postures, only moving the left leg first instead of the right. You might find several versions, but it is best to stick to one particular sequence and practice it regularly for best results. While doing these exercises, avoid jerking your body, breathe gently and effortlessly, with awareness on each breath. Start your day with Surya Namaskars with a feeling of grace and gratitude towards sun energy. This can be your mantra to stay fit, happy and peaceful.

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Source: AOL Universe//