Oct 23, 2013

Learn the 12 Steps of Surya Namaskar

Learn the 12 steps Surya Namaskar (sun salutation)

Exercise 97% of your body muscles!Yoga: The 12 steps of surya namaskar (sun salutation Yoga instructor,) Dr Johnson demonstrates in detail the 12 yoga steps of this popular asana. Also find out the surya namaskar improves flexibility, balance and works out nearly all of your muscle groups! Yoga:

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskar literally means ‘salute to Lord Surya or Sun God.’ It is an expression of gratitude to the Sun God for providing light and prosperity. The ancient yogis practiced it every early morning facing the sun, to greet the the Sun God and the new day. Surya Namaskar, is not an asana, it is a scientific warm up that prepares mind and body for asana practice. Each position is synchronized with gentle and graceful movements and specific breathing to improve alertness and remove lethargy. When getting into a position, a specific mantra is chanted inwardly to keep the thoughts away and feel the power of divinity. It is a dynamic sequence of 12 positions, that stretch the spine backwards and forwards. A set consists of 24 positions (12×2). Normally, 3 to 7 sets are performed. When practiced in a slow pace with awareness, the gain is physical, mental and spiritual. When practiced mechanically in a fast pace, the gain is only physical.

Cautions: People suffering from arthritis, headaches, uncontrolled blood pressure, slip-disc, retinal problem, heart problem, insomnia and pregnant women must avoid Surya Namaskar.

Benefits: Improves awareness, increases flexibility and strength, relieves lethargy and tensions, reduces weight, enhances agility and grace.