Surya Namaskar – Reference: Wikipedia
This sequence of movements and asanas can be practised on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana which incorporates asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation. It is often the beginning vinyasa within a longer yoga series. Sūrya Namaskāra may also refer to other styles of “Salutations to the Sun”.
Advantages of Surya Namaskar:
1. Vitamin D http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-05/science/39041892_1_vitamin-d-sunshine-vitamin-ng-ml – Ideally done facing the early morning sun, helps our body to soak in its benefits — sun rays are a rich source of vitamin D that is necessary to get strong bones and clear vision.
2. Cures Insomnia, Restlessness, Enhances Strength and Banishes Anxiety – The series of steps with sun’s rays directly falling on our face, helps us relax the body, forget any worries, calms us down and soothes the nervous system. It normalizes the activity of the endocrine glands, especially the thyroid gland.
3. Detox body – Due to the active rythmic 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.
4. This asana is known to facilitate blood circulation and thereby help hair growth and prevent hair problems.
5. It helps regulate menstrual cycles and makes childbirth easier.
6. If toned arms and a broad chest if what you want, then Surya Namaskar is for you. It also makes your spine stronger and your waist more flexible.
In this part, will be focussing on the basic exercises. The other series will cover breathing rythms and duration of hold and final series will cover the variations, effect of each exercise on body.
Please focus just on the exercises and forget the breathing for now. Do 4 sets of entire sequence with 30 seconds rest between a sequence.