As has been rightly said by Indra Devi, a Russian yoga teacher, “Yoga is a way to freedom. By its continuous practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness”. The magical powers of this ancient Hindu form of holistic exercise have been spoken about by several scholars, scientists and doctors alike. Various yoga asanas offer myriad benefits to the practitioner, however a true gem of yoga is the Suryanamaskar or salutation to the Sun God. I will take you through a few benefits of this awesome exercise in this blog. Please read to understand the power of Suryanamaskar.
We traditionally bow to different deities but the Sun is the ultimate deity. This is believed that a part of the Sun is present in every living being. To get unending energy like the Sun and to reap all the benefits of Suryanamaskar, an info-graphic has been included showing the sequence of 12 asanas.
Seven Benefits of Practicing Suryanamaskar
Flexibility: By the regular practice of Suryanamaskar, the flexibility of the spine increases manifold. All the stiffness that one experiences from constantly being seated or due to lack of exercise, disappears with continuous practice.
Weight loss: With regular practice of the Suryanamaskar series, muscles of the abdominal area as well as legs, shoulders and arms get toned. Over a period of time, this aids in weight loss.
Glowing skin and good hair: As with any exercise done regularly, glowing skin is an additional benefit. However, as Suryanamaskar involves bending your head low it increases blood flow to the face and scalp. In turn this leads to alleviation of hair fall and improved hair and skin health, too.
Bid adieu to Lower body and back aches: With the alternating stretching and relaxing of muscles that happens during the series of asanas, lower body stiffness ad lower back pain become a thing of the past!
Improved metabolism: Metabolism improves and so does your ability to digest food as well as to utilize nutrients improve tremendously with this magical series of 12 asanas.
Reversal of age related problems: Advancing age brings with it its own set of problems like joint pains, reduced flexibility, weak bones and muscles. Due to the alternate stretching and relaxing of muscles involved in this series of asanas, slowly and steadily these problems related to old age are reduced and one feels a rush of energy and flexibility.
Improved blood circulation: The active inhalation and exhalation process while performing the asanas increase the uptake of oxygen from the lungs and flow of blood to all parts of the body.
Suryanamaskar is a wonder-yoga-asana series with so many benefits that it may be difficult to count them all in one article. Yet the benefits of Suryanamaskar listed above must have inspired you to perform this each day to lead a healthy, vibrant and joyful life.
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