Sun Salutation: What are the benefits?
One of the most famous Yoga sequences is the “Sun Salutation”, or “Surya Namaskara”, in Sanskrit.
The origins are from India, where its large Hindu population worships Surya, the Hindu Sun God.
Since Sun is the source of life on Earth, the Sun Salutation is an ancient technique of expressing gratitude to it.
These are a series of 12 postures (“Asanas”) that are linked together with fluid motion of the body.
Moving sequentially from one posture to the next, this series promotes a host of health benefits including better posture, improves circulation of blood throughout the body and increased strength and flexibility.
It can also improve your sleep, boost blood flow to the skin, and relieve menstrual cramps!
This routine is recommended to all, as it is knows for its health benefits for the heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat and legs.
For children, it is known to improve concentration and reduces the feeling of anxiety and restlessness, especially during exams.
For women, it can regulate irregular menstrual cycles, helps an easier childbirth and helps in bringing a glow to the face, prevent wrinkles and make the skin ageless and radiant.
There us a tradition to perform the Sun Salutation 108 times in a row, upon the change of seasons.
Many do it on the longest day of the year, June 21st.
Usually, it is being done in large groups and often as an “offering”, such as an offering of peace or unity.
This experience is very powerful and afterwards, for few days, you can feel your entire body muscles, even if you are an active athlete!
Learn here how to perform this series so you can start saluting!