Sparkle #58: Get the Glow with Surya Namaskars

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe that a quarter of 2015 is already over? Time flies when you are having fun!

For today’s Inspiring Mondays post, I will be discussing one of my favorite Yoga asanas series: the Surya Namaskar (sun salutation).

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The Surya Namaskar is a series of 12 Yoga postures performed in a flowing sequence, where the movements are synchronized with your breathing. Considered a complete exercise in itself, a daily practice of the Surya Namaskar helps improve overall physical and mental health. It is an excellent warm-up and is often used as the opening sequence for most Yoga sessions.

When done right, a regular practice of the Surya Namaskar results in the following benefits:

  • Improves blood circulation in the entire body
  • Is good for your muscles and joints
  • Helps with weight loss and toning all over
  • Improves digestive health and prevents constipation
  • Helps improve concentration
  • Calms the mind and treats insomnia
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Is great for the skin, and gives it a healthy glow!

You can do the entire series as a form of physical exercise, or combine it with the right breathing techniques and chants to have a wholesome spiritual experience.

To include this in your daily Yoga practice, start with 2 rounds and gradually increase to 10 depending on your stamina and comfort level with the postures. I currently do 20 rounds everyday. I also took up a challenge in 2013 to do 108 Surya Namaskars in one go, and was able to achieve this with thorough preparation and practice. Since then, I have been doing 100 Surya Namaskars every Saturday in my 8 am morning class! Here is a helpful link which might help you plan the right schedule for doing 108 Surya Namaskars.

The 3 charts below offer detailed instructions on the steps, breathing techniques and chants associated with the Surya Namaskar.

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If you are a beginner or trying this for the first time, please practice with a Yoga trainer to prevent injury! Don’t forget to tell me about your experience in the comments below!

(Image Credits: Cover Image, Image 1, Image 2, Image 3)

Jyo

Dreamer, Wanderer, Seeker.....An Antevasin Living on the Edge.....

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