Thursday, 9 August 2012
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) is one of my all time favourite vinyasas.
It comprises of a series of forward and backbends sequenced together to form a vinyasa, a series of postures joined together with the breath.
It is a practice that is traditionally done in the morning facing, and as a salutation to, the rising sun. When done in the morning, it may help to activate and awaken the body, getting the fluids and blood flowing to all parts of the body.
There are also benefits to doing the practice in the evening. Surya Namaskar can be beneficial in detoxifying the organs by bringing fresh blood and oxygen to flush out stagnant energies creating a deeper relaxing effect.
Its benefits may include:
- Working and activating every muscle group and joint in the body.
- Strengthening the abdominals
- Improving circulation
- Toning the nervous system
- Great for brain function bringing oxygen and fresh blood to the brain
- Improving concentration
- Promoting sleep and calming anxiety
- Calming the body and mind
- Aiding the function of the lungs, liver, heart, digestive system, reproductive system, lymphatic system, endocrine system and kidneys
- Helping to improve posture, flexibility and balance
- Developing grace and ease of movement through the whole body
You can practice as many rounds as you like at any time during the day for a boost of energy or to dispel excess energy.
The practice can be done very slowly, holding each position for 2-3 breaths (good way to start in the morning) or transitioning through each position with each breath.
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