Are you familiar with Sun Salutation, aka Surya Namaskar or Salute to the Sun? It is a harmonious combination of 12 yoga poses (also called asanas) practiced cyclically and systematically.
It’s performed in a continuous sequence, and each pose is a natural continuation of the previous one, followed by a specific inhale or exhale.
All About Sun Salutation
Yogis have performed Sun Salutation since ancient times.
It can be performed at any time of the day, although it’s recommended to be performed in the early morning in nature, facing the rising sun, because it’s the most peaceful time of the day and the mind is the calmest and clear.
It’s a time when the sun has favorable, uplifting energy that is of high quality.
This set of asanas offers an opportunity to express our gratitude to the sun for maintaining life on this planet, as we all know how it was worshiped in ancient times.
There’s an element of the sun in everything we eat, drink, or breathe.
Sun Salutation Poses
During the performance of each asana and the gentle transitions from one to another, it’s important to be concentrated and to breathe properly.
These are 12 poses in their order:
1. Mountain Pose
2. Back Bend Pose
3. Standing Forward Bend Pose
4. Lunge Pose
5. Downward-Facing Dog
6. Easy Staff Pose
7. Upward Facing Dog
8. Downward Facing Dog
9. Lunge Pose
10. Standing Forward Bend Pose
11. Back Bend Pose
12. Mountain Pose
It represents complete exercise for the physical system without the need for any equipment. The body moves fast, but the mind should be calm and stable.
Surya Namaskar Benefits
Surya Namaskar has a powerful effect on all body systems:
- the respiratory system
- the digestive system
- the bloodstream
It also has mental benefits as improving memory, reducing anxiety, and bringing complete calm and serenity.
Sun Salutation Guide
Surya Namaskar is a great ritual to wake up the body in the morning, focus the mind, and connect the feelings of gratitude for the new day, so waking up a little earlier in the morning to do it, can allow us to experience inner silence and more energy during the day. Get our Sun Salutations Guide here.
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