If you have ever been to a yoga class it is very likely, whether you were aware of it at the time or not, that you have practiced sun salutations or a variation of them. Sun salutations are called Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit, Surya means “sun” and Namaskar “to bow down”.
The sun is the source of all energy and life on this planet, without it all life would cease to exist. Surya Namaskar was invented as a way to show gratitude to the sun, and also to soak up its energy and light. By being more in tune with the sun physical health, well-being, vitality, and energy, are all yours.
I think we all have experienced an increase in well-being when spending more time in the sun, whilst on holiday for example. By showing gratitude in life for things that are easy to take for granted we experience a whole row of additional benefits, you can read more about them here.
So we know that the sun is good for us, being grateful is good for us and moving and stretching is good for us, combine all of this and you’ve got a simple plan to a happier and healthier you.
Here are a few more precise benefits of how Surya Namaskar can help you
1. Helps lose weight
Surya Namaskar can be practiced slow, medium or fast paced.
When practiced slowly it will increase or range of motion, stretch and strengthen the muscles which will boost our metabolism even when we are resting.
When practiced at a fast pace it is great cardio which will strengthen our heart and burn
When practiced at a medium pace we will experience a mix of benefits from the two.
2. Helps strengthen muscles and joints
Surya Namaskar offers a good way to stretch and strengthen the muscles, joints, ligament, as well as the skeletal system. The movements can also help improve the flexibility of the spine. When performing the postures, the limbs become symmetrical helping the internal vital organs to function better.
3. Gives glowing skin
Surya Namaskar improves blood circulation that aids in bringing back the glow in the face; preventing the onset of wrinkles, making the skin look ageless and radiant.
4. Ensures a better functioning digestive system
The sun salutation will help in the smooth running of the digestive system. These yoga poses will help increase the blood flow to the digestive tract resulting in better functioning of the intestines. The forward bend pose will help increase abdomen space which will aid in releasing the trapped gases from thesystem.
5. Helps cope with insomnia
You can improve your sleeping patterns by the practice of surya namaskar. The asanas will help calm your mind, giving you a good night’s sleep. They will also help your body tune in to the day and night cycle. When the sun is up you will produce more “awake-hormones” and when the sun goes down the “sleepy-hormones” kicks in making you more tired and helps you fall asleep easier.
6. Ensures regular menstrual cycle
Surya Namaskar can also be beneficial for women who are suffering from irregular menstrual cycles as it helps regulate it. Regular practice of the movements can also help in easy childbirth.
7. Brings down blood sugar levels
It is now also scientifically proven that the movements of the sun salutation also aid in bringing down blood sugar levels and help keep heart diseases at bay.
8. Lowers anxiety
It helps improve your memory and nervous system and also helps ca
lm you down and get rid of anxiety. It normalizes the activity of the endocrine glands, especially the thyroid gland.
9. Helps detox
Due to the active inhalation and exhalation process, the lungs are thoroughly ventilated and the blood remains oxygenated. This also helps in detoxifying one’s body by getting rid of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases.
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