I met my friend after a gap of 3 years and I was amazed the way she has lost oodles of weight and looking like a model just by doing yoga.
She has been practicing yoga earlier also but she couldn’t do it regularly as her husband was hospitalized for almost a year.
She was going through considerable stress in the process she become heavier.
She decided to go back to her yoga practice that too doing only Surya Namaskar every day,which has given her amazing body with well toned muscles.
Yoga is the most ideal way for weight loss because it not only works on your body but mind too.
By doing SURYA NAMASKAR you will burn around 14 calories per set.
Ideally a person can do any number of set from atleast 12 to 108 times.
However, if you want to reduce weight the simple maths will apply.
Burn more calories than you consume. Eat healthy.
Surya Namaskar is not a new term however the complete awareness of Surya Namaskar and knowledge of its benefits is very limited to the people in general.
The literal meaning of the term “Surya Namaskar” is Sun Salutation i.e. to bow down to the sun in respect.
Almost all the religions and customs have given respect to nature and its resources, especially the sun which is known as the life source.
It has been shown from the times immemorial that the Sun has been worshipped as a God.
In Hindu tradition we give lot of importance to giving water (“Argh dena”) towards the direction of the sun early in the morning.
It is also said that one should try to look at the Sun directly very early in the morning, however as the day progresses it becomes almost impossible to do that.
Now the science too has proved and recognized the innumerable benefits of Sun and its healing powers.
The deficiency of Vitamin D which leads to a disease known as Rickets, is abundantly found in Sun’s rays.
For absorption of Calcium as well as strong bones we need Vitamin D.
However, long and continuous exposure to sun at and around noon is not advisable due to presence of harmful UV rays.
Probably our ancestors were aware of these facts therefore they devised 12 effective yoga asanas (postures) and made them into a set of Surya Namaskar Asana.
Today we will learn the multiple benefits of Surya Namaskar towards good health.
It is meant not just for healthy body but also for healthy mind.
It is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and improves as well as enhances blood circulation throughout the body.
The best time of doing the asana is early in the morning preferably empty stomach.
Each round of Sun Salutation consists of two sets, and each set is composed of 12 yoga poses.
Besides good health, Surya Namaskar also provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the sun for sustaining life on this planet.
Doing 12 sets of this exercise translates into doing various powerful yoga asanas in a span of 10 to 15 minutes.
The asanas are designed in a way that they have an amazing impact on the stomach, liver, heart, intestines, chest, throat, and legs, which means the whole body from head to toe is benefited.
It also ensures the proper functioning of the bowels, the stomach, and the nerve centers.
In Ayurveda, there are three basic types of energy, known as the Doshas.
When you practice this routine every day, the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are also balanced.
A single round of Surya Namaskar helps you burn up to 14 calories for a person of average weight.
With practice, you should ideally be able to do 108.
And as you strive to reach that number, you will automatically become fit and toned.
Let us see how many calories you burn in 30 minutes of different workouts:
Weightlifting – 199 calories
Tennis – 232 calories
Basketball – 265 calories
Beach Volleyball – 265 calories
Football – 298 calories
Bicycling (14 – 15.9 mph) – 331 calories
Rock Climbing – 364 calories
Running (7.5mph) – 414 calories
Surya Namaskar – 417 calories
One should ideally practice atleast 12 rounds of the Surya Namaskar every day.
However, the number should be increased gradually.
The simple rule of doing any asana is that you inhale as you bend backwards and you exhale as you bend forward.
Surya Namaskar enhances Blood Circulation in the Body by constant inhaling and exhaling, in addition it removes the toxins from the body.
It helps in Weight Loss and also tones your abs and arms.
The spine becomes extremely flexible.
It also strengthens your skeletal system.
Menstrual Cycle becomes regular if Surya Namaskar is practiced regularly.
Healthy glow on your skin and hair quality improves as well as it delays the signs of aging. This also prevents hair loss and premature greying of hair.
Surya Namaskar gives calming effect to your mind and reduce your anxiety and depression.
The Surya Namaskar poses improve memory and enhance the nervous system.
It also stabilizes the activity of the Thyroid and endocrine glands resulting in and increased calmness.
It is evident that Surya Namaskar is a complete exercise involving the physical, mental and spiritual aspects required for the overall well being of the body.
The best part is that neither it requires any expensive equipment nor any court or ground and still gives the best outcome.
The benefits of Surya Namaskar one can feel with every single set in terms of flexibility and stamina.