The Significance of Sun Salutation

in #yoga10 days ago

Sun Power is one of the key energy provider to human life. Can we imagine life on Earth without Sun? There can be no life without the Sun energy. The most important vitamin needed for our body Vitamin D, the source for it is also Sun. Low vitamin D leaves the body with all the possible health issues and also feeling low on energy. Hence we do understand the importance and significance of Sun energy in our life.

Our Ancestors did know this ages back how important Sun is for our life energy and with that they blended it in the Yogic practices where in doing the Sun Salutation would bring maximum benefits to not only our physical wellbeing but also to our mental wellbeing.

Sun salutation or even we say Surya Namaskar in the traditional language, is a Yoga based exercise of 12 postures which takes care of the entire system.
These 12 postures takes care of every single part of the body and stimulates a better functioning of the physical and mental health. It is said that the 12 postures done in Sun Salutation are equivalent to 288 Yoga postures.


A regular practice of Surya Namaskar energizes the entire nervous systems, the glands and the muscular system of the body ensuring a balanced supply of oxygenated blood flow and bringing perfect harmony to all the systems of the physical and mental body. As the name goes Sun Salutation, so it is desirable to do this early morning at Sun rise to gain maximum benefits. Also when you do this early morning it is like fueling up your body to allow it function optimally for the rest of the day. Its like a regular maintenance work for yourself. The more regular you do it, the better your body functions.

For a picture view of how to do the Sun Salutation you may visit the Art of Living website.

The 12 Yoga poses of Sun Salutation are:

  1. Pranamasana (Prayer Pose)
  2. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Arms Pose)
  3. Hasta Padasana (Standing Forward Bend Pose)
  4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Lunge Pose)
  5. Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose)
  6. Ashtanga Namaskara (Eight Limbed Pose)
  7. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  8. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
  9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (High Lunge Pose)
  10. Hasta Padasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  11. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised Arms Pose)
  12. Pranamasana (Prayer Pose)

Though Yoga is very beneficial for the body, but still they do have some contraindications which one needs to be careful about while performing.
People with Athritis, Heart issues, Hernia, pregnant women and people with weak wrist should avoid doing it. Though all the steps may not create issues but some of them yes will not be suitable.

A 20 minutes daily Yoga practice is also just enough to stay fit.

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Hasta Padasana is the most difficult one - I think, doing inside home also is ok ?

 7 days ago 

Yes, Indoors is also good.