Lesser known Benefits of Sun Salutations

Mar 25, 2019

What does Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) mean?

Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is one of the most beneficial elements of yoga practice and comes with seriously key benefits. Each salutation begins and ends with the joined hands-mudra (gesture) or namaskar mudra which is positioned right at the middle of the heart.

The Sanskrit word namaskar translates as- “to bow to” or “to adore.”  It is a set of yoga poses which can be performed while chanting different mantras.  The best time to practice Surya Namaskar is in the early morning when the air is filled with life and energy. It should be performed facing east during the first rays of the early morning Sun. Practicing the series of 12 postures in a row, it awakens the body and intelligence to create energy directly from the Sun. In Indian culture, the Sun is worshipped daily as it is the symbol of consciousness and quickens the blood while calming the mind.


Benefits of Sun Salutation

Improves Flexibility and Tone Muscles

Continuous practice of Surya Namaskar will bring more strength and flexibility and tone muscles. It will open the muscles of hamstrings, shoulders, and chest. Daily practice will help you to release daily life stress and tensions. During the flow, your entire body will be in motion.

As you move through the poses, you are lubricating the joints. Sun salutation increases the flexibility of the spine if done with forwarding bending. All the poses focus on nerve centre called “chakras,” which will improve your muscle tone and enhance your personality.


Get a Glowing and Healthy Skin

Doing Surya Namaskar early in the morning improves your blood circulation, helps in good digestion and proper relaxation. Ultimately leading to a glowing, healthy, and beautiful skin. The deeper you understand this ritual as a mindfulness and physical exercise routine, the more you will keep yourself distant from consumption of junk foods, excessive sleep or indulgence of any addicted habits. The deeper you practice, the more you will feel relaxed and eat healthy food which will make your skin supple, glowing and healthy.


Loose Pounds with 12 Poses in a Row

Proper practice of Surya Namaskar and a healthily balanced diet results in improved insulin sensitivity and increased metabolism. Different asanas or poses in sun salutation directs the blood flow to various vital organs which help them improve their performance. When combined with pranayama and different mudras, Surya Namaskar will help you to reduce weight rapidly. Make sure you keep a check on your diet as well because eating high-calorie food will not help you to reduce weight fast and your metabolism level will not increase.


Improves Hormonal Balance

Surya Namaskar is one of the best exercises which improves your hormonal changes as it works directly on your thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands.
With daily practice, it will improve your metabolism and enables you to experience pain-free periods. Since it is practiced in the rays of the sun, it increases Vitamin D level and enables glands to work effectively. When hormonal balance improves, it helps in the better regulation of the menstrual cycle. Regular practicing of asana also helps in easing the process of childbirth.


Better Digestive System

Sun Salutation helps in smooth running of the digestive system. The forward bending helps in increasing the abdominal space on the inside by stretching; thus the gas trapped inside your stomach is appropriately released. It also cures and prevents constipation.


Relieves Insomnia

It relaxes the nervous system and enhances memory which alleviates anxiety, depression, and restlessness. It also prevents insomnia and other sleep disorders.
After completing Surya Namaskar, the Sava Asana or the dead pose will help clear your mind and the thinking process.


Strengthens the Muscles and Ligaments

When Surya Namaskar is done, the whole of your body gets stretched. It strengthens your muscles, ligaments, joints as well as the skeletal system. The movement of your whole body increases the flexibility of your spine, enhancing balance and posture. The limbs become symmetrical while the internal organ becomes more functional.


Prevents Hair Fall

Regular practice of Surya Namaskar boost your blood circulation to the scalp, and hence it helps prevent hair loss and improves hair growth rate. It also tackles gray hair and dandruff.


Keeps your Heart Healthy

Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your heart strong and healthy. Most of the people nowadays are dying from heart diseases like heart stroke and blockages. Daily practicing of Surya Namaskar increases your heart rate enough to produce cardiovascular health benefits. You can achieve an average of 80 to 85% of Maximum Heart Rate (HR max) while performing Sun Salutation.


Reduces Mood Swings and Brings Stability

Deep breathing plays a vital role while performing Surya Namaskar. It also relaxes the nerve cell or chakras. It brings the right impact on brain functioning. The left and right side of your brain are balanced. Thus brings more emotional stability and increases the creativity and mental level of the mind. When your mind is relaxed, it also helps to prevent mood swings and instability.

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