Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar

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Surya Namaskar is a popular set of asanas that occupies its rightful place among all yoga techniques. Due to the simplicity of performance and its multipurposeness Surya Namaskar has become one of the most effective set of exercises that helps us live a healthy active life, at the same time moving towards spiritual awakening which expands our consciousness.  

Surya Namaskar is more than just a series of body poses, although all its movements do stretch, massage, stimulate and revitalize every muscle, internal organ, joint and tendon, as the body moves forward and backward by turns.  

Surya Namaskar is a perfect spiritual practice which was passed down to us through Vedic sages. The word Surya means the sun and Namascar is translated as salutation.

Surya Namascar combines three elements: form, energy and rhythm. Twelve poses form a chain of movements each of which gives rise to certain processes. These poses produce prana, thin energy, and it affects our physical body. Corporeal forms and energy flows created during the rhythmical exercises affect the indivisible oneness of our body-conscipusness.  

The series of poses results in emergence of transforming force that creates foundation for a more vital and exciting life.

The seers of Rig Veda described Surya the following way: “He heals all weaknesses, cures all ailments, rules over everything that lives and dies. He kills daemons. And protects those who worship him”.

Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 poses. These alternating backward and forward bending postures stretch and shrink the spinal column to the maximum, flexing the limbs. This practice is one of the fastest methods to develop the flexibility of the body provided one practices it regularly.

Contraindications
People with high blood pressure, cardiac malformation, arterial sclerosis, after heart attack, hernia and enteral tuberculosis should not do Surya Namascar. If you have any pains in the back you should see your doctor first. This set of asanas will do a lot of good to most women even during the period. Pregnant women should stop practice at the beginning of the 12 week. 

Regular and long-term practice will eventually change your way of life and perception of the world.