Surya Namaskar is a continuous series of 8 related Yoga postures, some done twice, in what totals 12 poses. Let’s learn to do them.
The best way to prepare our body for further toil is to perform a Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation Pose. Surya Namaskar is an ancient method of showing gratitude or paying respect to the sun. It is a continuous series of 8 related Yoga postures, some done twice, in what totals 12 poses.
Sun salutation helps you stretch, compress, arch, and reinforce major muscles of your body. If done correctly, these exercises help your body develop flexibility, strength, balance, concentration, and focus.
Read on to learn how to do them.
Benefit: This posture helps to induce a state of introversion, relaxation, and calmness.
Breathing: Slow and steady breathing.
Benefit: This posture stretches the chest and the abdomen and lifts the prana (energy) upwards to the upper parts of the body.
Breathing: Start inhaling as you stretch both arms, and hold breath in the stretched arm position.
Benefit: This posture massages the abdominal organs. The power of digestion increases and female disorders such as menstrual irregularities are relieved.
Breathing: Start exhaling as you bend forward. Exhale fully as you reach the bent position.
Breathing: Start inhaling and fill your lungs as you reach the position.
Benefit: Stretches the chest, shoulders, and biceps, and strengthens the wrists, arms, glutes and hamstrings.
Benefit: This posture strengthens the nerves and muscles in the arms and legs, stretches the calf muscles and makes the spine straight and taut.
Breathing: Start exhaling and completely exhale as you reach the posture.
Benefit: This posture develops the chest and strengthens the arms. It sends additional blood to this area helping to rejuvenate the nerves.
Breathing: Keep the breath out in the exhaled position as you reach the posture and start inhaling as you move to the next posture.
Benefit: 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.
Breathing: Start inhaling. Fill lungs and hold breath as you stay in this posture.
Return to the standing position facing the sun, both feet touching, palms joined together, in prayer pose.
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