Surya: Sun 

Namaskar: Salutation

In ancient times, the Sun was worshipped as a daily ritual, because it is a powerful symbol of spiritual consciousness. 

Sun Salutation is composed of 12 movements and the 3 elements of form, energy and rhythm. The 12 movements help activate life and at the same time prepare for spiritual awakening.

It is a great composition of movements to practice before an Asanas practice. It is lengthening and strengthening, flexing and extending many of the main muscles of the body while distributing the prana flow throughout the system, increasing your energy circulation.

Surya Namaskar gives strength, health, longevity and purifies the body and the mind. 

Practicing with consciousness and focus helps the mind to relax. 

When and Where should one practice surya namaskar?

Since sun salutation is a way to salute the sun and the live it gives us, the best time to practice Surya Namaskar is at sunrise. This time is also a more calm and peaceful time of the day. 

Morning sunrise time is filled with ultraviolet rays, which is good for body.

How many rounds should one practice?

There is no limit or rules as to how many rounds of Surya Namaskar you should practice. As long as the practitioner is aware of his or her own limitations and avoid strain at all time.

It is suggested that beginners start with 2 rounds and after practicing for a week, they can increase up to 4.

Intermediate/advanced practitioners can do 6 to 10 rounds. 

Limitation 

People with the following conditions, should avoid practicing sun salutations in its original form:

  • High blood pressure 
  • Stroke 
  • Heart conditions
  • Weak Vessel system 
  • Hernia 
  • During pregnancy can be practice until beginning of the 3 months

Practitioners with the above conditions should practice surya namaskar with precautions. 

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