How to do Surya Namaskar? Know its benefits

First published June 21, 2022 at 9:03 a.m. IST

Surya Namaskar is a yoga salute to the Sun that expresses gratitude and love for the life-giving energy it offers. The sun denotes vigour, energy and power. Surya Namaskar, also known as the Sun Salutation, is ideally performed early in the morning before dawn. Know how to do it and its benefits.

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Surya Namaskar is a yoga salute to the Sun that expresses gratitude and love for the life-giving energy it offers. The sun denotes vigour, energy and power. Because the Surya Nadi, or Sun Channel, runs along the right side, the Surya Namaskar is performed with the right leg first. Surya Namaskar, also known as the Sun Salutation, is ideally performed early in the morning before dawn. Many benefits include increased physical and mental power, better control over your body, mental tranquility, balanced energies, and inner peace.

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Benefits You Need To Know About Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar tones the whole body, helps in weight loss and improves muscles and joints. If you want to improve your complexion, practice this flow as it promotes a healthy digestive system. Improve your sleep as it fights insomnia and reduces stress levels. This is especially beneficial for women as it ensures a regular menstrual cycle. The Sun Salutation can also help with frozen shoulders. It helps in weight loss, improves nervous system balance, lowers blood sugar levels and activates the manipura chakra.

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Besides the spinal cord and abdominal muscles are stretched, the internal organs are massaged, improves hip flexibility, improves digestion and reduces constipation, eliminates stomach pain and promotes balance between the two sides of the body.

Know hoe to perform Surya Namaskar

The Surya Namaskar incorporates eight asanas in a 12-step pattern for each side, right and left. At the beginning of Surya Namaskar, start from the right side. When you cover both sides, you have completed a cycle consisting of 24 beats. Each asana is assigned a distinct breath, which should be followed through the 24 steps of the Sun Salutation.

Pranam Asana (the posture of prayer)
Hastha Utanasana (raised arm pose)
Padahastasana (standing forward bend)
Ashwa Sanchalanasana (horse pose)
Santholanasana (plank pose)
Ashtanga Namaskar Asana (eight-limbed salutation)
Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose)
Ashwa Sanchalanasana (horse pose)
Padahastasana (standing forward bend)
Hastha Uthanasana
Pranam Asana

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(Repeat the 12 steps on the other side and start with the left leg to complete a full cycle)

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