International yoga day 2022 correct way to do surya namaskar or sun salutation and its benefits

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International Yoga Day 2022: What is the correct way to do Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation and its benefits

Strong points

  • The ideal time to perform Surya Namaskar is at sunrise while facing the sun
  • Practicing Surya Namaskar is good for joint health, flexibility and strength of the whole body
  • Surya Namaskar promotes weight loss and strengthens your back, core and muscles

International Yoga Day is celebrated around the world on Tuesday, June 21 this year. While many practice yoga with PM Narendra Modi, others discuss its importance in life. Yoga should be started as early as possible, but it’s never too late to begin your practice. Making it part of your routine can help you age gracefully. Not only does yoga help with the physical aspects of your health, but it also aids in mental, emotional, and spiritual development. Among the many poses that are performed, surya namaskar is loved by many. It involves eight different postures that are sequenced in a 12-step flow. Not only does it help in weight loss, but also strengthens your back, core as well as your muscles. Also called the Sun Salutation, the ideal time to perform it is at sunrise facing the sun. If you are a beginner, you can start with 3-5 cycles and gradually increase to 11, 21 and so on.

Just in case you are thinking of starting to practice Surya Namaskar or feel like you have been doing it wrong all this time, here is the right way to do it!

Yoga poses included in Surya namaskar

Step 1: Prayer Pose (Pranamasana)

Step 2: Raised arms pose (Hastottanasana)

Step 3: Standing Forward Bend (Hasta Padasana)

Step 4: Horse Pose (Ashwa Sanchalanasana)
Step 5: Pose of the stick (Dandasana)
Step 6: Eight-Part Salute (Ashtanga Namaskar)
Step 7: Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Step 8: Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Step 9: Horse Pose (Ashwa Sanchalanasana)
Step 10: Hand to Foot Pose (Hasta Padasana)
Step 11: Raised Arm Pose (Hasta Uttanasana)
Step 12: Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Benefits of Surya Namaskar:

  • Stronger back
  • Stronger immune system
  • Radiant skin
  • Overall body flexibility
  • Weightloss
  • Makes the heart and lungs healthy.

Yoga day: Sudarshan Pattnaik’s sand sculpture on the surya namaskar

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a seven-foot sand sculpture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi doing yoga on a beach in Puri. Using approximately six tons of sand, Pattnaik created the “Surya Namaskar” themed sculpture. Students from his sand art school joined him to complete another sand art in a 3,500 square foot area showing ‘Surya Namaskar’.

“I created Narendra Modi’s sand sculpture because he played an important role in popularizing yoga internationally. We always try to do something different through sand art,” said Pattnaik. He also appealed to all to raise awareness about “yoga for mental peace”.

The award-winning sand artist Padma Shri has represented India in over 65 international sand art championships, winning numerous awards.

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