Thursday, September 3, 2015

Suraya Namaskara - The king of Yoga Asana's

Suraya Namaskara - The king of Yoga Asana's

Surya Namaskara: 

Surya Namaskara is of salutations to the sun. It finds its roots in worship of Surya, the sun god. This sequence of activities and poses can be practiced as a physical exercise or a complete "sadhana" which incorporates exercise postures, breathing exercises, and profound meditation.

The rewards of Surya Namaskara are many. It is the best exercise for achieving fitness. It includes a warm up session as well as the main exercise. In this present day and time, as every individual faces a time-crunch it is difficult to exercise regularly, but with just fifteen minutes of this yoga, maximum results and infinite benefits can be obtained.

These yogic asanas directly affect the endocrine system and the digestive system, balance any hormonal imbalances and give a quick shot of vigor to the body in a matter of minutes. In about three months’ time and with dedicated practice of Surya Namaskara the suppleness and litheness of the body can be increased.

Cultural Beliefs:

If one is devotionally inclined then the exercise can be done with full knowledge of the significance of worshipping the sun. This will purify the heart and mind. Surya namaskara also helps to bring the flow of pranic or bioplasmic energy into balance and remove blockages in the nadis through which it flows. Surya namaskara is an excellent practice with which to start the day.

  • It improves the blood circulation of all the important organs of the body.
  • Increase the level of oxygen in blood, also improves breathing capacity.
  • Improves functioning of heart and lungs.
  • Strengthens the muscles of the arms and waist.
  • Makes the spine and waist more flexible.
  • Helps in reducing the fat around the abdomen and thus reduces weight.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Improves concentration power.

 Scientific Reasons:

Studies showed that the cardio respiratory parameters significantly change after the practice of Surya namaskar. In general, yogic practices have been proposed to reduce resting heart rate and blood pressure.

Surya namaskara increases the heartbeat and the workings of the whole circulatory system, helping to eliminate waste materials from the body. Areas of sluggish blood are also removed and replaced by purified and oxygenated blood. All the cells of the body receive extra nutrition enabling them to function more efficiently.

Most people tend to breathe superficially in short and shallow gasps. This starves the body of the oxygen it requires for perfect health. Carbon dioxide also tends to accumulate in the system. Further underutilization of the lung capacity allows a build-up of germs which can lead to various illnesses. 

Surya namaskara accentuates the exchange of air to and from the lungs, opens and expands the intricate alveoli, or air sacs, of the lung tissue and exercises the muscles of the surrounding chest region. The lungs are emptied of impurities and stale air and the body and brain are revitalized by the extra supply of oxygen they receive. One can almost feel the extra super-charge of energy.

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