Starting the Concept

Surya namaskara or Sun Salutation is all about a series of twelve physical postures made by the body. These alternating actions of backward and forward bending postures help in flexing and stretching the spinal column through the maximum range and give a profound stretch to the whole body.

Sun Salutation: The Best Way To Start A Day With Regular Practice

The stretching of every part of the body helps the muscles to open up and blood flows in a very consistent way. This needs to be practiced so that the stagnant energies remain locked up and the organs remain de-oxygenated to a large extent. One of the best concerns about this is that it has a deep effect in detoxifying the organs that provide deeper relaxing effect.

To The List of Benefits to Gain

  • This practice tones up the digestive system and It really activates digestion process and helps in get rid of constipation
  • Help to strengthen the abdominal muscles.
  • Thoroughly ventilates the lungs, and oxygenates the blood.
  • Promotes sleep and calms anxiety.
  • For women, it helps in menstrual irregularity and assists in easy childbirth.
  • Prevents loss of hair and graying
  • Makes the spine and waist flexible.
  • Broadens chest and beautifies arms.
  • Produces health, strength and efficiency

How to Do?

Synchronizing the breath with the movements of the body is very important. As mentioned this practice, this is a flowing series of 12 yoga postures that are described below as—

  1. Pranamasana (Salutation posture)
    This is the posture where one needs to stand erect with feet together. Join the palms together in front of the chest and concentrate on standing straight and steady like doing prayer session. This posture helps to induce a state of introversion, relaxation and calmness.
  2. Hastauttanasana (Raised arms posture)
    This comprises of inhaling and stretching both the arms above the head. Arch the back and stretch the whole body. This posture stretches the chest and the abdomen and lifts the energy upward to the upper parts of the body propelled by inhalation.
  3. Padahastasana (Hand to foot posture)
    This posture massages the abdominal organs, especially the liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenals, uterus and ovaries. The power of digestion increases and female disorders such as prolapse and menstrual irregularities are relieved. A healthy flow of blood is sent to the spinal nerves as they are stretched and toned.
  4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian posture)
    This is done with extending the left leg back and drops the knee to the ground. The right knee is bent and kept between the hands and the right foot placed flat on the ground. Lift the spine and open the chest. Concentrate at the eyebrow center.
  5. Parvatasana (Mountain posture)
    This posture strengthens the nerves and muscles in the arms and legs, stretches the calf muscles and tendons and makes the spine straight and taut. It relieves varicose veins and rectifies the spinal nerves. Maintaining the posture take a deep inhalation.
  6. Ashtanga Namaskara (Salutation with eight limbs)
    All eight limbs – toes, knees, chest, hands, and chin – touch the floor. Hold the breath. This posture develops the chest and strengthens arms. It sends additional blood to this area helping to rejuvenate the nerves.
  7.  Bhujangasana (Cobra posture)
    This pose gives dynamic expansion to the organs of the chest and abdomen, relieving many ailments such as asthma, constipation, indigestion, kidney and liver problems. It is very helpful in relieving tension in the back muscles and spinal nerves.
  8. Parvatasana (Mountain posture)
    This is same as posture 5 with an inclusion of Exhaling process.
  9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian posture)
    Inhale and swing the right leg forward between the hands and then resume to posture 4.
  10. Padahastasana (Hand to foot posture)
    Exhaling, bring the left foot forward. Join both legs and resume towards the posture 3.
  11. Hastauttanasana (Raised arms posture)
    Inhale, raise the trunk up and bend backward and again resume to posture 2.
  12. Pranamasana (Salutation posture)
    Straighten the body and bring the hands in front of the chest and then resume towards posture 1.

In The End

This is considered as one of the most prominent ways to help your body stay fit and fine. This is all connected to the traditional way to keeping body tactful and healthy.