Sun has been a source of both spirituality and vitality on the Earth since time immemorial scientifically, the sun radiates energy to the earth in the form of heat and sunlight – without which life couldn’t have sustained here. Sparing just 10 minutes for yourself every day can have dramatic changes in various aspects of your life. Hence, Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation, has a range of effects on the human body.
Benefits of Surya Namskar
Helps maintain cardiovascular health
Stimulates the nervous system
Helps in stretching, flexing and toning the muscles
An excellent exercise for weight loss management
Strengthens the immune system
Enhances cognitive functions
Improves overall health, strengthens the body and relaxes the mind
Step by Step Surya Namskar Kriya
Step 1. Pranamasana (Prayer pose)
Stand with the flat foot on floor, keep your feet together and balance your weight equally on both the feet. Expand your chest and relax your shoulders. As you breathe in, lift both arms up from the sides, and as you exhale, bring your palms together in front of the chest in prayer position.
Step 2. Hastauttanasana
Breathing in, lift the arms up and back, keeping the biceps close to the ears. In this pose, the effort is to stretch the whole body up from the heels to the tips of the fingers.
Step 3. Hastapadasana
Breathing out, bend forward from the waist keeping the spine erect. As you exhale completely, bring the hands down to the floor beside the feet.
Step 4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Breathing in, push your right leg back, as far back as possible. Bring the right knee to the floor and look up.
Step 5. Ashtanga Namaskara
Gently bring your knees down to the floor and exhale. Take the hips back slightly, slide forward, rest your chest and chin on the floor. Raise your posterior a little bit. The two hands, two feet, two knees, chest and chin (eight parts of the body) should touch the floor.
Step 6. Bhujangasana
Slide forward and raise the chest up into the Cobra pose. You may keep your elbows bent in this pose with the shoulders away from the ears. Look up at the ceiling.
Step 7. Adho Mukha Svanasana
Breathing out, lift the hips and the tailbone up to bring the body into an inverted ‘V’ pose.
Step 8. Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Breathing in, bring the right foot forward in between the two hands. The left knee goes down on the floor. Press the hips down and lookup
Step 9. Hastapadasana
Breathing out, bring the left foot forward. Keep the palms on the floor. You may bend the knees, if necessary.
Step 10. Hastauttanasana
Breathing in, roll the spine up. Raise the hands up and bend backward a little bit, pushing the hips slightly outward.
Step 11. Tadasana
As you exhale, first straighten the body, then bring the arms down. Relax in this position and observe the sensations in your body. outward.
This completes one set of Surya Namaskar. Complete the round by repeating the steps.