Category: Surya namaskar

Benefits of Surya namaskar

Surya Namaskar or sun salutation is an ancient technique of paying respect or expressing gratitude to the sun, which contributes to mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

 The namaskar is an obeisance to the Sun God or Surya. Surya namaskar is normally performed early in the morning, at daybreak, or in the evening, when the sun is setting. It is accompanied by a specific breathing pattern and chanting of mantras.


Steps to perform Surya Namashkar

Step 1: Pranamasan

Stand in an erect position, facing the sun, with palms folded near the chest in namaskar. Keep the feet together and breathe normally.

Step 2: Hasta uttanasana

Breathe in, raise the arms upward, and bend backwards with the face pointing upwards and towards the sky. The back should be arched while bending backwards.

Step 3: Pada hastasana

Exhale and keeping knees straight, bend down till the head touches the knees. The hands should touch the floor on either side of the feet with the palms flush against the ground.

Step 4: Ashwa-sanchalan-asana

Inhale and stretch the left leg backwards, and balance the leg on the toes with the heel raised upwards. The right leg is bent at the knee and the head is lifted upwards to face the sky, while the hands remain stretched with the palms flush against the floor.

Step 5: Parvatasana

Exhale and keeping the palms flush against the ground, the right leg is pushed back to stay parallel with the left leg. The hip is raised with the head bent downwards to face the navel.

Step 6: Ashtanga namaskar

Inhale and lower the hips. The toes, knees, chest, and face touch the floor while the hips are slightly raised.

Step 7: Bhujangasana

Exhale and stretch arms. Lift the chest so the back arches and the head is bent backwards to face the sky.

Step 8: Parvatasana

Exhale and keeping the palms flush against the ground, the right leg is pushed back to stay parallel with the left leg. The hip is raised with the head bent downwards to face the navel.

Step 9: Ashwa-sanchalan-asana

Inhale and perform stretch the left leg backwards, and balance the leg on the toes with the heel raised upwards. The right leg is bent at the knee and the head is lifted upwards to face the sky, while the hands remain stretched with the palms flush against the floor.

Step 10: Pada hastasana

Exhale and perform Exhale and keeping knees straight, bend down till the head touches the knees. The hands should touch the floor on either side of the feet with the palms flush against the ground.

Step 11: Hasta Uttanasana

Inhale and Breathe in, raise the arms upward, and bend backwards with the face pointing upwards and towards the sky. The back should be arched while bending backwards.

Step 12: Pranamasan

Bring back the hands in a folded namaskar to the chest, and breathe normally Stand in an erect position, facing the sun, with palms folded near the chest in namaskar. Keep the feet together and breathe normally.

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