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Amazing Benefits of Surya Namaskara

Updated on December 18, 2015
Surya Namaskara poses
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Surya Namaskara Steps
Surya Namaskara Steps

What is Surya Namaskara?

Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) is an ancient form of holistic yoga exercises consisting of 12 graceful steps.

Surya Namaskara works equally on our mind, body and soul, and thus provides us with physical and mental health with sharp intellect. 95% to 97% of our body muscles become active while doing Surya Namaskar, and will remain active throughout the day. Daily practise of these exercises keep us in perfect health. The sun is venerated because it is the central source of energy in our solar system.

While performing Surya Namaskar one should think nothing, except the Sun God and our full attention should be concentrated on our posture. It is a graceful sequence of twelve Yoga positions performed as one continuous exercise.

Synchronizing the breath with the movements of the body is very important. Each step flows into the next step in a graceful and continuous movement and is performed facing the rising sun, chanting the slokas (Surya Namaskara Mantra).

Who should not practice Surya Namaskara?

  • Pregnant women should not practice after first 3 months.
  • People with high blood pressure or heart disease should consult physicians.
  • People with back pain should consult physician.
  • Women should avoid Surya Namaskar during menses.

Benefits of practising Sun Salutation

  • Regular practice of Surya Namaskara promotes blood circulation in the body and hence helps to maintain the cardiovascular system of the body.
  • Helps to lose extra calories and reduce fat. It helps to stay thin. Practicing Surya Namaskar is the easiest way to be in shape.
  • Sun Salutation helps in making the joints and ligaments stronger in order to carry the body weight without much effort.
  • Eliminates unpleasant smells from the body.
  • Surya Namaskar helps to cope with insomnia and related disorders. Surya Namaskar practice calms the mind, thus helps to get sound sleep.
  • The combination of backward and forward movements also ensures that your digestive system is on track and helps in curing constipation and other digestion related problems.
  • Improves the entire endocrine system and regulates the functioning of endocrine glands.
  • Tones up the nervous system and improves memory.
  • Refreshes the skin, and prevents Skin disorders.
  • Prevents loss of hair and premature greying.
  • For women, those who suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, practising Surya Namaskar regulates the cycle.
  • Above all, regular practice of Surya Namaskara (Sun salutation) makes you feel good, healthy, strong, efficiency and longevity.


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      ven 7 years ago

      really amazing

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thanks ram_m for visiting this hub and for your encouraging comments. I wish more people practise Surya namaskara to attain good health.

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      ram_m 7 years ago from India

      Very informative hub. Its great to disseminate Indian traditional wisdom to a new generation who are ignorant of this.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Thank you deepthiganesh for your encouraging comment. It means a lot to me. I'm so glad to know that you too have experienced the health benefits of Surya Namaskara.

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      deepthiganesh 7 years ago

      Great Hub indeed! I already have nice health experience with Surya Namaskara. Of course it would be easy for any age group of people. Thanks for this great informative article and picture showing steps! Useful