The Blog Discusses the benefits of Surya Namaskar and how its daily practice can transform you physically and optimize your experience of life.

Surya Namaskar is generally understood as only an exercise that strengthens your muscles, etc. It definitely does all of that and but there is certainly more to this routine that people are not generally aware of Surya Namaskar is considered to be the most important routine across all styles of Yogic systems. This is a comprehensive exercise form that requires no equipment, providing an excellent workout for the physical system. However, it is more important than anything else that it provides human beings with the power to break free from the compulsive cycles and patterns they live by.

The benefits of Surya Namskar (Sun Salutation) can be categorized largely into two categories, Physical and Spiritual. While it is a brilliant exercise routine for anyone who is seeking a healthier body and mind, it also prepares your body to get in sync with the solar cycle. As we all know Sun is the ultimate source of every life we know on this planet, therefore it becomes very important to sync the body with the solar cycle in order to experience life in its entirety. If you are seeking to achieve more than physical benefits from your Surya Namaskar routine, then it must be practiced early in the morning after taking a shower with normal water. In case you are not an early morning person and your goal is physical fitness and health only then you must simply include this routine as a regular exercise. It will help you to regulate your blood pressure, it will strengthen your whole body and you will feel stronger as you increase the duration and frequency of your practice.

There are many benefits that you can reap if the Surya Namaskar routine is part of your daily routine. The classic Hatha Yoga style Surya Namaskar is a combination of 12 poses, Although you can also explore variations of Ashtanga Vinyasa style Surya Namaskar A and B as you grow into your practice. The common benefits are mentioned below.

  • Performing Surya Namaskar in sequence helps to target most of the bones and muscles making them strong and flexible. The most basic benefits of Surya Namaskar are body toning and flexibility.
  • Surya Namaskar in the early morning makes your body absorb Vitamin D, which boosts bone density, facilitates maintaining good health, and charges the body mechanism. Surya Namaskar fulfills the body’s deficiencies of various vitamins and minerals on a natural basis.
  • When practiced at a faster pace, Surya Namaskar is a great cardio exercise, a good workout for the abs, thighs, and buttocks.
  • The practice of Surya Namaskar yoga lowers cholesterol levels in the body and increases blood circulation, allowing the body to absorb oxygen at a good rate.
  • By stimulating the right digestive juices, The Surya Namaskar improves digestion by stimulating the digestive system. The forward fold pose in Surya Namaskar helps the digestive system to function efficiently. Surya Namaskar, in conjunction with a balanced diet and rest, will give you a healthy gut and a good immune system.
  • Surya Namaskar strengthens the lower back of the practitioner and reduces or heals problems associated with the lower body like sciatica, joint pains, nerve problems, etc.
  • In addition to helping women with irregular menstrual cycles, Surya Namaskar can also aid in natural childbirth. Regular practice of the movements can ease cramps and help regulate the cycle.
  • Through the breathing sequence of inhaling and exhaling, Surya Namaskar oxygenates the blood and keeps the circulatory system running properly. This yoga exercise also purifies the blood by draining toxins from the body.
  • Regular practice of Surya Namaskar allows you to feel relaxed and free of anxiety and worries. It boosts the function of the endocrine glands, especially those associated with the thyroid.
  • Surya Namaskar aims to open our nerve centers, or Chakras, which are places in the body associated with the different divine or higher energies.

The list of benefits is long but we must understand that the practice of Surya Namaskar has been followed for ages to keep individuals healthy and strong physically and mentally and to prepare them for higher possibilities of self-realization. This practice is more than relevant for today’s world irrespective of gender, geography, religion or socio-economic background. This is a wonderful cultural gift and a transformational tool for us from our ancestors which should be practiced widely in order to optimum wellbeing of human beings. Start practicing today and teach your kids as well, this is our civilizational mantra of holistic wellness which should be passed on to future generations as well.

Written by:

Mr. Yogesh Kumar 

Team #PEFI