Suryanamaskar – A complete exercise for your body

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Exercise is one of the best way to keep your body hale and hearty. We often get bored when we keep on doing just one single type of exercise for weeks and moths together.But, Surya namaskar is one form of exercise that has 12 different types of postures and asanas in it, making it different after every 5 seconds. Plus, once you know the benefits that it offers, there is no going back! It is a complete body exercise!

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Okay, now technically, a Surya Namaskar is a set of 12  yoga asanas (postures) that provide a  cardiovascular workout. The literal meaning of a Surya Namaskar is ‘sun salutation’. A Surya Namaskar is a way to keep your body in shape and to keep your mind calm and healthy and positive.
Surya Namaskar is the most effective when done early morning on an empty stomach. Each of the Surya Namaskar round consists of two sets. These 12 yoga poses done together in succession, complete one set of Surya Namaskar.

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  1. The obvious advantage of a Surya Namaskar is the exercise it provides for the ligaments and muscles, but it also benefits your joints and the skeletal system by improving your posture and overall body balance.
  2. Practicing Surya Namaskar is also helpful for the good health of your digestive system.  The different Yoga poses increase blood flow to your digestive tract and thus, stimulates the intestinal action known as peristalsis and hence, the process of digestion is more efficient. Yoga calms you, which in turn relaxes your digestive system and also leads to more effective elimination of waste from your body. Forward bends increase the space in the abdomen and facilitate the release of entrapped gases. These poses heat the front of the body and cool the back portion of your body.
  3. Surya Namaskar is one of the most ideal exercises to cope with insomnia and other sleep related disorders. Surya Namaskar practice calms the mind, thus helps to get sound sleep. If you suffer from insomnia, whether often or occasionally, Yoga will really prove to be of help to you. Through various methods like relaxing physical exercise, breathing techniques and complete relaxation, you can achieve more regular and restful sleeping patterns without resorting to any sleep-inducing drugs which often come with one or many side effects. Such drugs interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle and can create psychological dependence and undesirable side effects. So go for a healthier option rather than going for medicinal help.
  4. Surya Namaskar helps solving many complications related to the female hormones. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar regulates irregular menstrual cycles. Practicing Surya Namaskar ensures a hassle free delivery and an easy childbirth. Also, it helps to decrease the fear of pregnancy and childbirth.
  5. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar also boosts blood circulation and helps to prevent hair-related problems like hair graying, hair fall, and dandruff. It also improves the growth of your hair making it healthy and long.
  6. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar helps to shed some extra weight. It helps to stay thin. Practicing Surya Namaskar is the easiest way to be lose some calories and thus, to be in shape. It stretches the arms as well as the abdominal muscles.  Regular practice of Surya Namaskar helps to lose excessive love handles and belly fat and gives you a flat stomach. Some of the postures used stimulate sluggish glands to increase their hormonal secretions. The thyroid gland, especially, has a big effect on our weight because it affects the metabolism of our body
  7. Surya Namaskar also adds a beautiful glow on your face making facial skin radiant and ageless. It is the most natural solution to prevent the onset of wrinkles due to aging. Overall, yogasana is excellent for the skin and it can also provide good benefits for people with skin problems like blemishes and even acne.
  8. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar boosts your endurance power. It gives you added energy, vitality and strength. It also reduces the feeling of restlessness and anxiety and overall fatigue.
  9. A daily practice of Surya namaskars makes your body flexible. It improves the flexibility of your spine and your limbs.
  10. Also, it influences the  hypothalamus and the pineal gland to prevent pineal degeneration and calcification
  11. It is beneficial to practice Surya Namaskar early in the morning. The early morning sunlight is a rich source of vitamin D that is necessary to get strong bones and a clear vision.

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But, persons suffering from slip-disk, arthritis, heart attack etc including pregnant women are suggested to take medical opinion before they start the practice of Surya Namaskar. This is because Surya Namaskar is an all-body-exercise and the above mentioned people have some part of their body in a vulnerable state, and hence they are advised to take the doctor’s advice.

There are many exercises that promise to make your arms or your belly or your thighs toned. But Surya Namaskar is one exercise which gives you so many benefits! and yes, there is no need for you to buy any special DVD to do them. They are easy and you will find tutorials on the Internet, and trust me, once you start, you will be amazed by the results!