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10 Reasons to Begin Your Day with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

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Yoga has become popular worldwide and for good reasons. There are many types of yoga that you can do at home. One such yoga is Surya Namaskar, a flowing series of 12 yoga postures. While practicing the different postures, make sure you synchronize your breathing with your body movements.

The 12 yoga postures in Surya Namaskar are:

  1. Pranamasana (Salutation posture)
  2. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised arm posture)
  3. Padahastasana (Hand-to-foot posture)
  4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian posture)
  5. Parvatasana (Mountain posture)
  6. Ashtanga Namaskara (Salutation with eight limbs)
  7. Bhujangasana (Cobra posture)
  8. Parvatasana (Mountain posture)
  9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian posture)
  10. Padahastasana (Hand-to-foot posture)
  11. Hasta Uttanasana (Raised arm posture)
  12. Pranamasana (Salutation posture)

Surya Namaskar is considered a complete exercise that will immensely benefit your physical as well as mental health.

If you are a beginner then you can start with two to four rounds of Surya Namaskar daily and gradually increase the number. Ideally, it is recommended to do at least 12 rounds per day.

surya namaskar benefits

Here are some of the health benefits of Surya Namaskar.

1. Good for Your Muscles and Joints: Surya Namaskar is good for the joints as well as the muscles. It is especially good for shoulder, neck and leg muscles. When done correctly, it also improves posture and balance. Plus, it improves flexibility in the spine and limbs, and can also help increase height.

2. Improves Digestion: The sequence of yoga postures in Surya Namaskar is good for the digestive system. It helps increase blood flow to the digestive tract and stimulate intestinal action for smooth digestion as well as elimination. Plus, it can help get rid of constipation and dyspepsia.

5. Treats Insomnia: This yoga exercise can be of great help to cope with insomnia and other sleep-related disorders. The unique combination of relaxing physical exercises and breathing techniques helps calm the mind as well as the body. This in turn helps promote sound sleep and increase sleep efficiency as well as total sleep time.

4. Controls Diabetes: Surya Namaskar is also beneficial for those who suffer from diabetes. Some of the yoga postures help stimulate the pancreas by exerting pressure on it as well as improve the production and use of insulin. Plus, it improves blood flow throughout the body.

5. Reduces Stress and Anxiety: As Surya Namaskar helps reduce tension buildup and promotes relaxation of the whole body, it is considered very effective for people suffering from stress, anxiety and even depression.

It helps reduce the stress hormone known as cortisol, which can make one feel stressed and depressed. Plus, it increases the production of “feel good” neurotransmitters like serotonin.

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13 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Begin Your Day with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)”

  1. do separate push ups for tummy- make sure u r fit to start a new exercise
    Nal
    Surya namashkar gives energy movement and full strength to the body

  2. Surya namskar is very good exercise for Tummy Fat Loosing &
    daily as per practice increase Counts of Namskar.

    Very good Exercise that we can do at our home.

    we will be relaxed from sadness, feelings of dejection, deep sense of loss, low energy, disinterest in everything, mental trauma, loss of appetite and disturbed sleep.
    with the help of Namskar.

  3. Practicing the Sun Salutation now for the past 5 years, have really seen changes in my mind and body.

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