Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) – The King of Warm-Up – Ways and Benefits

Sun salutation or surya namaskar’s benefits outweigh any other warming-up exercise you can ever take up. If done regularly, it has several long-term benefits.

Yoga – means to ‘to add’, ‘to join’, and ‘to unite’. It’s about about physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind. Sun salutation postures or Surya Namaskar Asana, are not only spiritual practices, but in a way immensely beneficial for body and peace of mind. Here is the list of other benefits of Sun Salutation Asana!

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Ways and Benefits of Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar Asana)

1. Pranam Asana (Salutation Posture)

While practicing Pranam asana, it is important to concentrate on standing erect as the body weight is centered on the balls of the feet. The posture and balance improves with regular practice only. The deeper you breathe, stronger will be the focus. This asana improves flexibility in the spine and limbs, is good for shoulders, neck and leg muscles, and also helps increase height.

2. Hasta-Uttan Asana (Raised Arm Posture)

This asana should be practiced at number two per the sequence of Surya Namaskar Asanas. When this asana is done properly and regularly, it helps improve digestion, increases blood flow, and helps relieve constipation and dyspepsia.

3. Padahasta Asana (Hand-to-Foot Posture)

This is a combination of this physical exercise along with the deep breathing practice, which, in turn, helps attaining peace of mind and the energy for body. This is one of the best asanas for promoting sound sleep, treating insomnia, and other sleeping disorders.

4. Ashwa Sanchalana Aasana (Equestrian Posture)

The number 4 asana of Surya Namaskar – Ashwa Sanchalana Asana – improves blood flow throughout the body, benefits diabetes patients by helping in stimulation of the pancreas and regulating the production of insulin.

5. Parvat Asana (Mountain Posture)

Parvat asana relaxes the mind and the whole body. It is considered to be an effective practice for patients of stress, anxiety, and depression. It helps in reduction of a hormone called cortisol, which makes one feel stressed and depressed. At the same time, the best part is that it also increases the production of “feel good” neurotransmitters, like serotonin.

6. Ashtanga Namaskara (Salutation with Eight Limbs)

The Ashtanga Namaskara is a very effective asana for increasing the blood flow inside the body. If practiced properly and regularly, it is a powerful exercise for treating erectile dysfunction in men, and regulating the irregular menstrual cycles in women by controlling the pituitary and adrenal glands. It also reduces the pain during the menstrual cycle.

7. Bhujanga Asana (Cobra Posture)

Bhujanga asana improves the blood circulation to the upper body and also to the scalp. When the blood flow to the scalp increases, it automatically improves hair growth rate and reduces gray hair and dandruff.

8. Parvata Asana (Mountain Posture)

This way of practicing Surya Namaskar helps burn extra calories and fat. It tightens the skin, stretches the abdominal muscles, and is very effective for reduction of belly fat.

9. Ashwa Sanchalana Asana (Equestrian Posture)

The regular practice of Ashwa Sanchalana asana brings glow to the face and overall skin, thus helping you look younger. It minimizes the (or delays) onset of wrinkles as your age increases. Also, it saves skin from pimples, acne and other skin problems.

10. Padahasta Asana (Hand-to-foot Posture)

This type of Surya Namaskar involves active inhalation and exhalation process during which the lungs are thoroughly ventilated and the blood remains oxygenated. It improves health by strengthening lungs and respiratory system, increasing immunity and also naturally detoxifying the body.

11. Hasta-Uttana Asana (Raised Arm Posture)

As discussed above, this asana should be practiced at number two as per the sequence of Surya Namaskar Asanas. When this asana is done properly and regularly, it helps in improve digestion, increases blood flow, and helps cure constipation and dyspepsia.

12. Pranam Asana (Salutation Posture)

It goes the same as above.

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