Surya Namaskar is the sanskrit name for a specific sequence of twelve Yogasana, otherwise known as Sun salutation. It is the ancient ritual of saluting the Sun. The term is derived from two sanskrit words – ‘Surya’ means Sun and ‘Namaskar’ means greetings or salutation.
According to mythology the sequence of Surya Namaskar was invented by Lord Hanuman as paying gratitude to his teacher – the all knowing, mighty Sun.
The Surya Namaskar is an ancient practice that is inherited in the traditions of Surya yoga. It has an important place in Yogasana and it offers innumerable benefits as it is Asana, Pranayama and Bandha all combined. Twelve pose constitute one Surya Namaskar and one must move from one pose to ther in a continous motion.
Benefits : By regular practice of Surya Namaskar, the body will always be active and functions of the organs will improve. It is beneficial in cases of bronchial asthma, diabetes, mellitus, initial stages of arthritis, irregular menustration and constipation. It also improves vitality.
Warning : It should not be practiced by patients suffering from severe lumbar spondylosis, inflamed joints, cardiac disorders, ulcer and vertigo. Also avoid in case of hernia and renal disorder.