Surya Namaskar or sun salutation is considered as the best exercise for human body. Its origin lies in the worship of Surya or the Sun, the Hindu solar deity. This sequence of movements and poses can be practiced on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana which incorporates asana pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation.
Peformed on a mat, like most yogasanas, it should be performed only on an empty stomach. Therefore there must be a gap of at least two hours after eating and before performing the surya namaskar. It is generally practiced in the morning before breakfast or in evening. There are mantras or chanting used in yoga namaskar and there are certain chakras corresponding to each asana. Attention is being brought to them when performing surya namaskara. It’s recommended to synchronize postures, breath, surya namaskar mantra and bring attention to certain chakras when performing surya namaskara. It needs complete devotion. In all this surya namaskara is an appreciated exercise among people of all ages from kids to old age people.
Benefits of surya namaskar or sun salutation :
It is the best way to burn the calories and reduce weight. It is often recommended for obesity. It is also good for relaxation, stress relieving, freshening up the mind and to improve concentration. Daily practice leaves the mind and body healthy.