The Sun is about 4.5 billion years old and counted as the largest object at the heart of our solar system. Sun is known by different mythological names as the Greeks named it by Helios and the Romans used to call it by Sol. Going by the old age proverb, “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” fits best with the habitual waking up, early in the morning, which has its own sets of benefits, as we can easily witness the sunrise at the beginning of the morning. Sun and yoga are connected in the sense that yoga is also an ancient Hindu discipline that dates back to some 5000 years, we give our due respect, grace and gratitude towards the sun energy looked upon as god in Hindu mythology, in the form of yoga practice of Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara.
The science basics demystify the benefits of the sun rays on the human body as we gain Vitamin D from sun rays. UV exposure has multiple positive health effects in the form of Vitamin D which include strengthening of bones and affecting our endorphin levels. With Surya Namaskara exercise in the form of yoga, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that interact with the receptors in the brain reducing the perception of pain.
The common criteria for Surya Namaskar prerequisite is doing yoga early morning on an empty stomach
Performing 12 yoga postures for benefits of sun salutation
Pranamasana Prayer Pose
In this Surya Namaskara yoga pose practitioners keep feet together on the mat Inhale and Exhale in prayer position and assume pose lifting both arms up from the sides and afterward in the process of exhaling draw your hands together into the pose of prayer in bringing them in front of your chest right at the heart.
Hastauttanasana (Raised arms pose)
In this Hasta Uttanasana poses, as the name signifies you have to raise your both arms upwards while inhaling fresh air into the lungs.
Hasta Padasana (Hand to foot pose)
In this specific Surya Namaskara Padahastasana pose you have to exhale thoroughly and bring your hands down to the floor.
Ashva Sanchalanasana (equestrian pose)
The equestrian pose is also known by the Sanskrit yoga terminology, Ashva Sanchalanasana, in this stretching asana you have to place, your left leg back in between the palms and bend the right knee without changing its position. Bring your spine in the shape of an arch and tilt your head slightly backward Inhale while stretching the left leg backward.
Dandasana (Stick pose)
This sun salutation sequence you have to breathe in and bring your whole body in a straight line while taking the left leg back.
Sanskrit, the significance of the term Ashtanga Namaskara equalizes with the fact “ashta” means eight and “anga” means part as in this pose you have to touch the floor with your chest and chin along with your two hands, two knees, and two feet while exhaling.
Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
Cobra pose has something to do with assuming cobra lookalike deeper back bend posture while raising your chest up and keeping your elbows bent and look up plus inhale. This has to do more on increasing the flexibility of the spine with muscle stretch of the torso arms and shoulders.
Parvati Sana (mountain pose)
This pose assumes ‘inverted V’ posture as you have to breathe out and lift the hips and the tail bone up, by keeping your heels on the ground.
Ashva Sanchalanasana (equestrian)
Bring and move the right leg forward and place in between your palm, place left knee down on the floor stretch your spine in the shape of an arch and tilt your head slightly backward and inhale
Hasta Padasana (Hand to foot pose)
As the name signifies this has to do with the hands and the foot you have to reach your foot with your hands and bend plus exhale.
Hastauttanasana (the raised arms pose)
Rounding up with this pose you have to Inhale in the air while lifting the arms up.
This Surya Namaskara marks the finishing steps as you exhale, and relax in this position, straightening the body and bringing your arms down.
Surya Namaskara health benefits
- Calm your nerves
In addition, Surya Namaskar helps your endocrine glands function better calms your nerves as Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
- Decline pain
Adding Surya Namaskars in daily health regimen and performing the yoga postures exercise tones up the body adding strength to your joints and ligaments, as well as your skeletal system massages your vital organs.
- Detoxification after-effect
A healthy combination of Surya Namaskars along with morning pranayamas asana aids in detoxification of the body. You can detox through yoga with quick inhalation and exhalation in Surya Namaskars. The cells and blood get oxygenated and get rid of the toxic gasses accumulated in the body.
- Suppress abdominal fat with Surya Namaskara weight loss
Yoga asanas with Surya Namaskar cast a magical spell as it counteracts the body fat at the abdominal waist also helping to strengthen the muscle in the legs and back, balance your body muscle, nerve and gland while soothing the nerves.
Discover complete body works out with these Surya Namaskara 12 steps, whenever you are running short out of your busy schedule, you can devote bare minimum 10 – 15 minutes gaining solar energy in the form of Surya Namaskar. In case you want to delve deep into the magic world of yoga and connect mind, body, and soul bonding spiritually then connect with Yoga in Rishikesh and learn more on the yogic principles consisting of restorative asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, yoga philosophy, and yoga skills