Starting your day with Surya Namaskar, also known as Sun Salutation, is the best way to start fresh in the morning. An exercise of 12 asanas, in sync with the sun’s rays and rhythmic breathing, is a complete workout for the physical as well as mental system.
Here are a few benefits of Surya Namaskar
Helps aid weight loss- If performed at a fast pace, Surya Namaskar can help shed those extra kilos and tone muscles. It also helps boost your metabolism.
Puts insomnia to rest- Surya Namaskar calms your body, thus providing you with a good night’s sleep. It is highly recommended if you want to improve your sleep patterns.
Combats digestive problems- Turning to Sun Salutation can help you get rid of digestive problems like constipation, bloating etc.
Gives your skin a radiant glow- Surya Namaskar improves blood circulation in the body, providing you with glowing and radiant skin. It also helps with acne and prevents wrinkles.
Detoxes your system- During Surya Namaskar, the body goes through an active inhalation and exhalation process. It energizes your lungs and increases oxygen levels in your blood.
Keeps anxiety at bay- The continuous breathing process soothes the nervous system thereby helping you reduce stress levels
Prepping the body is extremely important before performing Surya Namaskar.
Here are a few tips to maximize its benefits
Bathe in cool water- Take shower with water that is cooler than room temperature to charge the cellular structure
Do not wipe your sweat with a towel- It is advisable to push your sweat back into your exposed skin. Wiping the sweat using a towel will drain the energy that you have generated while practising. However, if you start to sweat heavily, you can always use a towel
Wait before taking a shower- After practising yoga, wait for at least 1.5 hours before taking a bath. It lets your body absorb the energy that you have generated
Avoid sipping water – A lot of heat and energy is generated in the body while performing Yoga. If you drink water in between, the generated heat will rapidly fall making you susceptible to allergic reactions or cold
Have doubts regarding Surya Namaskar?
We’ll help you with some FAQs
What is the best time to perform Surya Namaskar?
The best time to practice Surya Namaskar is at sunrise on an empty stomach. The sun’s rays revitalize your body and keep you fresh throughout the day. However, if performed in the afternoon, it helps overcome the post-lunch laziness and at dusk, it helps you unwind and relax from the day’s work
What speed is beneficial for Surya Namaskar?
Different speed variations have different benefits. While slow pace strengthens body posture, medium pace helps in toning muscles and fast pace aids in weight loss.
Can Children perform Surya Namaskar?
Children as young as 5 can easily practice Surya Namaskar. It helps in improving concentration levels and keeps exam anxiety at bay
How many rounds of Surya Namaskar should be done?
One can initially start with 3 or 4 sets of the 12 asanas and slowly work your way up
Yoga is good for the mind, body and soul. So, start practising Surya Namaskar now.Don’t try to rush into things, take it slow and enjoy yourself. We hope we were able to clear your doubts about the Sun Salutation practices.
Do share your favourite Yoga Asanas and their benefits in the comments section below. 🙂
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