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Power of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

Surya Namaskar, also known as Sun Salutation, is a popular yoga sequence that combines a series of asana (yoga poses) with controlled breathing.

In addition, This dynamic practice is performed in a flowing sequence and has numerous physical and mental benefits.

Let’s explore the various aspects of Surya Namaskar.

Surya means “The Sun”

Namaskar means “Respect towards the sun”

Firstly, Surya Namaskar is a holistic yoga practice that originates in ancient india. It is a complete workout that engages the body, mind and breathe.

12 combinations of steps termed as Surya Namaskar include 7 Asanas. Each pose seamlessly flows into next, creating a continuous and rhythmic movement.

Additionally, Surya Namaskar provides comprehensive workout for the entire body, as it engages various muscle groups, stretches the spine and promotes flexibility.

Lastly, it is often practiced as a meditative and energizing routine to kickstart the day or prepare further yoga practice.

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Common benefits of Surya Namaskar; –

-First and foremost, Surya Namaskar strengthens the entire body.

-In addition, Surya Namaskar Relieves constipation and promotes healthy digestion.

-Similarly, they Stimulate the nervous system, build focus and concentration, boost the brain power, activate the brain cells, aid in preventing memory loss.

-Furthermore, they Regulate the heart rate, strengthens the heart muscle and promote the cardiovascular health.

-Moreover, Sun salutation should be done with regular breathing practice which simulate oxygen supply and circulate towards the all vital organs.

-Increase blood circulation overall body and provide beautiful glowing skin.

-Boost metabolism and promotes weight loss.

-Reduce menstrual cramp and lower back pain.

-On the other hand, Beautiful aspect of Surya namaskar is pregnant lady also can do it with variation and regular breathing practice which helps in making child birth comparatively easier.

-Improves sexual function of the body.

-Lubricant sore muscles and joints and promotes their healthy functioning.

-Additionally, they improve mental and physical balance of the body.

-They Develop patience and build stamina.

-Lastly, they Improve flexibility of body and releases stiffness.

12 asanas and their benefits; –

(1) Pranamasana (Prayer pose );- It Helps to body relax and calm mind.

(2) Hastuttanasana (Raised arms pose);- It Stretches the chest and abdomen, lift energy up through the body.

(3) Padhastasana or standing forward bend;- It Massage abdominal organs, increase power of digestion, increase blood flow to the Brain, stretches the spine.

4) Ashwasanchalan– It Stretches the quadriceps, Stimulate the abdominal organs.

5) Adhomukhaswanasana-It Strengthens legs, arms and shoulders. Stretches hamstrings and calf muscles.

6) asthangnamaskar– It Strengthens the arms, legs and chest.

7) Bhujangasana– It Relieves tension in back and spine, massage abdominal organs, stimulate the thyroid gland, expands chest.

8) Again Adhomukhaswanasana– Same as above

9)Again Ashwasanchalan– same as above

10) Again Padhastasana– Same as above

11)Again Hastuttanasana – same as above

12)Again Pranamasana– same as above

Why 108 Suryanamskar?

Performing 108 Surya Namaskar is a traditional practice in yoga and holds spiritual significance.

Let’s explore the reason behind the practice of 108 Surya namaskar.

Firstly, the number 108 holds great importance in various spiritual and cultural traditions.

108 Times Surya Namaskar practice is linked to the Hindu belief that 108 is a sacred number.

In addition, There are 108 Upanishad (Hindu spiritual text)

108 names for Hindu God and Goddess(deities) 

Similarly, 108 sacred points on the body(marmas)

Moreover, 108 sacred sites in India(pithas) And the distance between the sun and earth is 108 times the sun’s diameter.

Furthermore, The beginning of recorded of human history, the 108 has been associated with deep spirituality and connection between the universe and human kind.

According to Hindu tradition, number 108 with the number of attendants, hence the Mala contains 108 beads that circle like the Planet of the solar system and represent prayer and meditation.

Mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed the number 108 is also said to be connected with the sun, moon and the earth for the average distance of the Sun and Moon to Earth is 108 times Sun and moon’s respective diameter.

Finally, the practice of 108 Surya Namaskar is a way to express devotion and gratitude to the sun.

Additionally, the practice of performing 108 Surya namaskar carries deep spiritual and symbolic significance. It represents completeness, unity and personal growth.

In summary, Practicing 108 sun salutation is a meditative practice that connects the body, the mind and the universe. That’s why we chant all mantras 108 times.

In conclusion, Surya Namaskar is a powerful yoga practice that offers a wide range of benefits.

Additionally, Regular practice of these yoga sequences can help achieve physical fitness, mental well-being and overall sense of harmony and balance.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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