Sun salutation is called Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit. Sun is the one who brings light, energy, vitamins, proteins and all forms of life to us on the earth. He keeps us alive and active. He is the one responsible for the creation, sustenance, growth, and death of living earth. He is also the one who balances the health and fitness conditions of our body every day.
I am referring to the sun as he, because of the Hindus consider sun as the male god who protects and makes the earth prosperous. He travels on a single wheel chariot drawn by seven horses (seven days of the week is the meaning). In India, you can see many temples dedicated to the Sun God for conveying our gratitude to him. Well, we will talk about the Sun salutation posture now.
Sun Salutation Steps
The first posture is the prayer pose. Stand straight on the yoga mat with your hands folded in salutation. Start breathing deeply and spread your shoulders. In the next step, you have to raise your arms up by keeping your spine straight. Bend your spine back gradually.
Now, bend forward and touch the ground with both your hands. Make sure your lower body upright without bending the knees also. Your face will be facing your legs, almost touching them. Bend your right leg back as far as possible. You have to keep your left leg folded at the knee. Move to the stick pose.
Switch to ASHTANGA Posture and move to cobra posture. Now, you have completed the seven postures that are required for the Sun Salutation.
Note: You have to consult your physician before starting with the sun salutation postures. Avoid the postures, if you have any problems with your spinal cord, lower back, liver, kidney, or any other internal organs. You should also avoid it during pregnancy and menstrual cycles.
Sun Salutation Benefits
I started doing sun salutation postures, four months after my first baby was born. It was tough in the initial stages due to my obesity. I started walking, cycling, and swimming to shed weight. Half cup of Neem juice thrice in a week during winter also helped me to shed weight and burn fat.
- Spinal cord fitness
- Cardiovascular health
- Exposure to vitamins directly from the sum (early in the morning before the heat gets higher)
- Improved circulation
- Agile nervous system
- Increased focus and concentration
- Flexible muscles and limbs
I have experienced many more benefits like reduced abdomen pain, better digestion and elimination, and mental peace with minimized stress. It is not that I don’t get any stress at all. But my body is better capable of handling stress than before.
The changes come gradually, but naturally. I have never felt the feeling that I am doing something stressful during the postures. Things have been easy and comfortable. Of course, you will need a trained yoga guru from whom you have to learn. I suggest you avoid the Do it Yourself (DIY) methods as they can be risky and recovery from injuries tougher than you can imagine.