Surya Namaskar or ‘Sun Salutation’

Surya namaskar is a rhythmic combination of yogic postures and breathing exercises that is meant to pay respect and gratitude to the Sun. It is also a source of energy. The solar plexus or the second brain that is located behind the navel, is the central point of the human body and is connected to the sun. The regular practice of surya namaskar enhances and boosts solar plexus.

Surya Namaskar: The 12 Poses

Surya namaskar constitutes 12 steps in a sequence that are equivalent to complete body workout. 12 cycles of surya namaskar are equivalent to 288 yoga poses.

Step 1 Pranamasana or Prayer pose

Step 2 Hastauttanasana or Raised Arms pose

Step 3 Padahastasana or Hand to Foot pose

Step 4 Padahastasana or Equestrian pose

Step 5 Parvatasana or Stick pose

Step 6 Ashtanga Namaskara or Saluting with eight points or parts

Step 7 Bhujangasana or Cobra pose

Step 8 Parvatasana or Mountain pose

Step 9 Ashwa Sanchalanasana or Equestrian pose

Step 10 Padahastasana or Hand to foot pose

Step 11 Hastauttanasana or Raised Arms pose

Step 12 Pranamasana or Salutation posture

Benefits of Surya Namaskar

  1. Improves blood circulation
  2. Detoxifies body
  3. Helps get rid of excess carbon dioxide and other toxic gases
  4. Facilitates weight loss
  5. Regulates menstrual cycle
  6. Ensures an easy childbirth
  7. Improves skin and hair texture
  8. Prevents hair loss and ageing
  9. Anti-anxiety and calming
  10. Improves memory and the nervous system
  11. Stabilizes endocrinal activities
  12. Provides physical, mental and spiritual awareness
  13. Improves spinal integrity
  14. Improves digestion
  15. Improves the overall health of mind, body and soul
  16. Strengthens and tones the arms and legs