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Also known as the ‘Sun Salutation’, Surya Namaskar comes with multiple benefits to help you feel good on the inside as well as look great on the outside. I practiced this techique for a year after it was recommended to me. It combines all the important yoga asanas into one easy cycle. Once I learnt all the steps it was easy to remember and apply to my daily routine.
I would start from 1 or 2 cycles for the first few days, then gradually move that number up to at least 12 cycles. For me this was the maximum amount as you are not supposed to be completely exhausted after this. If I didn’t have much time one day I would try to fit in 1 or 2 cycles so I wouldn’t lose the discipline. To not disrupt your routine, I would highly recommend starting out like this.
After two weeks I started to notice my arms becoming more toned as a result of this amazing exercise. After some more weeks I lost weight and built up a bit of muscle- not TOO big, but enough to get rid of the floppy skin on your arms. You too can have these terrific results…your arms, legs and stomach will be slim and trim, along with a beautifully shaped, proportionate body.
Now take a look at wonderful benefits of Surya Namaskar that will keep happy and healthy, hopefully forever or as long as you keep it up for…
- Weight Loss
One of the most wanted benefits of any exercise is losing weight which Surya Namaskar does perfectly. You would be able to lose more weight from this asana is less time compared to any other exerise, like running for example. Each round of Surya Namaskar, you can lose about 13.90 calories.
- Strengthens muscles and tones the body
Each ultimate yoga pose strengthens joints/muscles and tones the body along with it. It works amazing for this. Not only do you look good after this, but your body feels less achy especially if you sit down most of the day. I can definitely say it helped the pain in my back, as the body needs to be stretched more, also increasing flexibility- another great benefit.
- Regular menstrual cycle
Surya Namaskar balances the energy in your body, regular practice regulates the body systems in this case the hormonal system. It also helps the nervous systems and reduces stress which is one of the main causes of irregular periods. Mentrual cramps are also relieved from pain as it assists blood flow.
- Improved digestion
The digestion is another one of the body’s systems that regulates from performing Surya Namaskar. As you move from one pose to another, you are stretching and compressing the abdomnal muscles and organs allowing more blood flow around the body as well as the intestines.
- Improves mental health
This is another area that is Surya Namaskar is highly recommended for as it improves your concentration and focus. It is a combination of meditation and exercise. As you move to a different pose you are focusing on each breath aligned to each movement, therefore putting you in a meditative state.
Depression and anxiety reduces as you practice this asana regularly, it calms the nervous system and promotes discipline. Both the masculine and feminine energies will become more balanced helping you feel calmer and less restless. Hence less mood swings, more emotional stability and overall making better decisions in life.
- Clearer skin/complexion and hair
The blood circulation that it brings all over the body improves the conditions of the skin and hair. You can fight old age and the grey hair and wrinkles it comes with. The elesticity of the skin improves. You will be able to see a beautiful natural glow on your face again.
As you sweat toxins are able to leave your body, reducing the number of breakouts you get. Resulting in less scarring, and a flawless face.
- Improved heart health
Surya Namaskar can strengthen the heart muscles and helps a regular heartbeat. As breathing increases, the oxygen supply stimulates bloodflow to all vital organs- including the heart. Both blood pressure and sugar levels are kept in control.
- Reduces Stress
This is one the main benefits over all, as all the benefits listed above is tied closely with stress. Stress is the major cause of most if not all illnesses. It disrupts the body’s functions especially the nervous system. If disturbed it can affect digestion, menstrual cycle, weight and mental/emotional/physical wellbeing. Surya Namaskar targets this stress, each pose has its own benefits but each reduces stress. It is so beneficial to you reducing this stress to maintain a healthy living.
As you can see, the Sun Salutation brings a lot of benefits to your life, not just loss of belly fat, if done regularly. Once you learn the technique it is so easy to implement into your everyday routine. It is preferable to do this asana early morning to boost your energy for a busy day ahead. You will also see your stamina increase as well as your flexibility improving each day.
Now that you know the amazing benefits of Surya Namaskar, try it yourself! To help you perform each cycle correctly you can purchase my ebook where it guides you step-by-step on how to position yourself perfectly and move which each breath. It’s both simple and easy to understand and will help you with your healthy journey.