I was searching the net and found these adorable memes hanging around and thought I’d share it with you . Hopefully it puts a smile on your face as it did mine 🙂
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.
Former Iron Man/ Sherlock Holmes actor.. gone Yogi Gangster, Robert Downey Jr. shows off his love for Yoga and speaks about the reaping benefits it brings for his health and well being on the cover of Men’s Fitness Magazine earlier this year. Downey says yoga has changed his life. I know, I know, its not the most recent news but I think we can all still benefit from all this right here. -Talk about being a babe… the only question on my mind now is ..WHEN DOES HIS SHIRT COME OFF??
So I thought I’d quickly take this opportunity to share some of the great benefits of practicing yoga. In no particular order they include;
-the obvious improvement of joint flexibility
-improved sleep habits
-full body detoxification
-messaging the bodies organs
-helps lower blood pressure
-improved hand-eye coordination
-stabilizes autonomic nervous system equilibrium
-your mood improves and subjective well-being increases
-memory, attention and learning efficiency improves
…and the list goes on and on.
Alright, now back to Rob.. here are some more shots…