Surya Namaskaar is a term in Indian Sanskrit. ‘Surya’ meaning Sun and the term all together translating into ‘Giver of Energy.’ The sequence of 12 postures is known to be the oldest exercise in the world that is still being practiced!
Ancient Yogi’s traditionally practiced at sunrise –facing the sun, while chanting mantras with each pose –further enhancing benefits. These benefits include; the loosening of the limbs, activating the 7 Chakras of the body and was a great warm up for the rest of their practices they would undertake that day.
Now, don’t be too alarmed if you are new to this and the chanting doesn’t appeal to you –it’s not a necessary attribute of sun salutations -you will still get the physical benefits without chanting.
The spiritual benefits seem obvious enough but for a modern yogi or newbie what else does it have to offer? Well for starters multiple rounds benefit the cardio vascular system -getting your heart rate pumping. It helps with circulation in the body, improves your digestive and nervous systems, as well, doing it right when you wake up has you starting off your day in a wonderful mood.
Here is a great little chart that I found to help you start. It also tells you the breathing techniques which is very crucial to know.
Once you have finished your first round; practice the 2nd round with the Right leg staying in front this time – thus alternating the leg movement back and forth each round and balancing both sides. Most systems state both these rounds together constitute as a single round.
I have started practicing 100 rounds every morning; and love the way it starts off my day. Share with me your Surya Namaskaar practice experience and how it makes you feel.