Surya Namaskar Facts

Learn Interesting Facts About Surya Namaskar Practice

Surya Namaskar is known as ‘The Ultimate Asana’, but do you know these health benefits and contraindications of Surya Namaskar?

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7 Health Benefits of Surya Namaskar

First, let’s take a look at some health benefits of Sun Salutations:

1. Muscles are toned and flexibility is improved:

Surya Namaskar’s asanas are all focused on different muscle groups and nerve centers known as chakras.

This practice can improve flexibility, strengthen the muscles, and tone every body part, including your abs, arms, thighs, calves, hamstrings, back, and ankles.

It also improves your breathing pace, body posture, and hormone balance, and enhances overall muscle flexibility.

2. An excellent cardio workout:

Surya Namaskar is a quick and enjoyable workout for the full body. It can be an aerobic workout for improved pulmonary function and blood circulation while targeting your abs, thighs, and buttocks.

Low cholesterol levels and improved heart health are a few favorable outcomes of improved blood circulation.

3. Hormonal balance is enhanced:

Remember that our hormones travel through the blood, and when you perform this flow, blood circulation is increased.

As result blood will reach all of your organs with ease and help you fix hormonal imbalance.

4. Promotes weight loss:

If you practice sun salutations regularly for extended intervals (like 108 rounds) with conscious breath awareness, you can burn total body fat with this yoga flow over time.

Just make sure that the resting between rounds is minimal to zero, and you are doing all the twelve postures perfectly.

5. Enhances digestive function:

The digestive tract is stimulated by sun salutations because the right kind of digestive fluids are produced.

As a result, your metabolic rate increases, permitting you to eradicate pollutants from the blood and burn extra calories quickly.

6. Balanced chakras:

There are 7 Chakras in our body that contribute to our overall hormonal health and mental balance.

This flow practice balances your chakras, bringing harmony to your body.

7. Raises mental vibration and emotional health:

Continuous breathing at every step makes you more self-aware and mindful of every movement.

As a result, this releases good hormones or endorphins in the blood, making you feel more aware and emotionally stable.

When to Avoid Performing Surya Namaskar?

Now, here are a few things to keep in mind before practicing Sun Salutations:

1. Avoid this practice under bright sunlight:

Yes, it’s crucial to perform sun salutations facing the sun, to absorb more energy and activate all seven chakras.

But, avoid this practice during the golden hour and that too in the outdoors, as it can cause severe skin burn or heatstroke.

So, make sure you perform Surya Namaskar early in the morning, during sunrise.

Why? — Because, the sunlight is not harsh during this time, and it’s the best part of the day to rejuvenate the body and activate the mind.

2. Avoid during pregnancy:

After the first and second trimester of your pregnancy, it is difficult to balance in many of the positions of Sun Salutation due to swollen feet and back pain.

So, it’s recommended to avoid this pose or practice on the ground. It’s safer for pregnant women to try seated chair sun salutations after their third trimester.

3. Avoid if you have high blood pressure or health problems:

This sequence should be avoided by people who have high blood pressure.

If you want to perform this flow, it can be slowly and cautiously performed with expert guidance of a trained yoga teacher.

4. Avoid if you have a knee, back, arm, or spinal injury:

People with any severe body injuries or surgeries must avoid this yoga flow practice until your health care expert gives you the green light.

5. Avoid if you have arthritis:

If you have any sort of cartilage degeneration, ligament fractures, or joint inflammation due to arthritis or osteoporosis, avoid performing Surya Namaskar (especially at a fast pace) until your health care expert has advised it.

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