Sun combined with other elements has made life possible on this earth. Suryanamaskar gives us this opportunity to say “thank you”. Suryanamaskar is a great way to exercise the whole body while feeling grateful to our revered life force, the Sun.
Suryanamaskar is done as a warm up routine before you initiate your tired body and soul in to doing Asanas. It stretches, compresses, arches and reinforces all the major muscles of the body, as well as the digestive and respiratory organs. It also helps develop flexibility, strength, balance, concentration and focus. Sun Salutation is a great way to synchronize your breath and can be practised twice a day.
Traditionally 12 Suryanamaskaras are performed at one practice. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to start with fewer (3 to 6) Namaskaras per day, and then gradually increase to 12 Namaskaras per session before the week gets over.
There are a total of 8 different asanas in the sequence of the 12 asana changes of Suryanamaskar. Some asanas are repeated twice in the same cycle of a Suryanamaskar.