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Salute to the Sun☀️ Surya Namaskar 🙏

"Sun" and नमस्कार Namaskār, "Greeting" or "Salute". This identifies the Sun as th soul and source of all life. A series of 12 postures practised in a flowing sequence combining the use of breath. It is a complete Sadhana (spiritual practice) in itself for it includes asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation techniques.



Surya Namaskar, which is known as "Sun Salutation" in English, is essentially about building a dimension within you where your physical cycles are in sync with the sun’s cycles, which run at about twelve-and-a-quarter years. It is not by accident but by intent that it has been structured with twelve postures or twelve asanas in it. If your system is in a certain level of vibrancy and readiness, and in a good state of receptivity, then naturally your cycle will be in sync with the solar cycle.

Young women have an advantage in that they are also in sync with the lunar cycles. It is a fantastic possibility that your body is both connected to the solar cycle and to the lunar cycle. Nature has granted this advantage to a woman because she has been entrusted with the extra responsibility of propagating the human race. So she has been given some extra privileges. But many people don’t know how to handle the extra energy that is generated by that relationship and so they treat it as a curse and even a kind of madness, as evidenced by the word “lunar” turning into “loony.”


Cautions

Do not practise if you have severe arthritis.

Be careful if you have stiff joints or back problem.

Approach with caution if you have high or low blood pressure.



Benefits

Stimulates and energies the whole body.

Improves blood circulation.

Strengthens arms, legs.

Increases spine flexibility and suppleness.

Increases joint moment and flexibility: ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders.

Opens and expands the chest.

Relieves and releases upper body congestion.

Tones and stimulates the internal organs.

Helpful for backpain.




5 - 10 rounds for Beginners

15 - 20 rounds for Intermediate

25 - 30 rounds for Advanced

40 - 54 rounds for Elite


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