Surya Namaskar

Sun Salutation – The Perfect Yoga Workout

If you are pressed for time and looking for a single mantra to stay fit, here’s the answer: a sequence of 12 powerful yoga asana (postures) that provide a good cardiovascular workout in the form of Surya Namaskar. Literally translating as “Sun Salutation”, Surya Namaskar is a good way to keep the body in shape and the mind calm and healthy.

Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach. Let’s begin with these simple yet effective Sun Salutation steps on our way to good health. Each round of Sun Salutation consists of two sets, and each set is composed of 12 yoga poses. You might find several versions on how to practice Sun Salutation. However, it is best to stick to one particular version and practice it regularly for best results.

Besides good health, Surya Namaskar also provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the sun for sustaining life on this planet, For the next 10 days, start your day with a feeling of grace and gratitude towards the sun energy. Do 12 rounds of Sun Salutation, allowed by other yoga poses and then rest deeply in yoga nidra. You might just find that this could be your mantra to stay fit, happy and peaceful throughout the day.

12 Steps of Surya Namaskar

1 - Pranamasana

2 - Hastauttanasana

3 - Hasta Padasana

4 - Ashwa Sanchalanasana

5 - Dandasana

6 - Ashtanga Namaskara

7 - Bhujangasana

4 - Ashwa Sanchalanasana

9 - Ashwa Sanchalanasana

10 -Hasta Padasana

11 - Hastauttanasana

12 - Tadasana