There are hundreds of yoga postures but if you are looking for a all in one yoga exercise than surya Namaskar or Sun salutation is your answer. Bollywood celebrities like Kareena Kapoor say that Sun Salutation is the main yoga exercise that helped them lose weight. The benefits of doing Surya Namaskar everyday go much beyond than just loosing weight. It has some spiritual significance too.
While doing Surya Namaskar you have to practice deep breathing
and this will help you release a lot of stress. It also calms your mind and helps you cope with anxiety on a daily basis. It Strengthens the entire digestive system and cures, and prevents constipation. It also strenthens the lungs, gives you more oxygen and prevents tuberculosis.You can Improve blood circulation and energise your entire body.
Surya Namaskar a set of 12 powerful yoga postures that provide a good cardiovascular workout. These postures are a good way to keep our body energized and in shape. Besides good health, Surya Namaskar also provide an opportunity to express gratitude to the sun for sustaining life on earth. It should be done in the morning on an empty stomach.
Each Surya Namaskar round consists of two sets. These 12 yoga poses complete one set of Surya Namaskar. To complete the second half, you need to repeat the same sequence of postures, only moving the left leg instead of the right.
Below are the steps given :
Stand straight facing the sun or east, with palms folded near the chest in namaskar. Keep the feet together and breathe normally.
Inhale and raise your arms up and stretch back. The back should be arched while bending backwards.
Exhale and bend down. Try to touch your knees with your head as much as possible. Both the hands should touch the floor on the side of the feet.
Inhale and stretch the left leg backwards, and balance the leg on the toes with the heel raised upwards. The right leg is bent at the knee and the head is lifted upwards to face the sky, while the hands remain stretched in the same position.
Exhale and keep the palms in the same position. Push the right leg to stay parallel with the left leg. The hip is raised with the head bent downwards to face the navel.
Inhale and lower the hips. The toes, knees, chest, and face touch the floor while the hips are slightly raised.
Exhale and stretch arms. Lift the chest so the back arches and the head is bent backwards to face the sky.
Exhale and perform as in step 5
Inhale and perform as in step 4
Exhale and perform as in step 3
Inhale and perform as in step 2.
Bring back the hands in a folded namaskar to the chest, and breathe normally as in step 1.