Why Surya Namaskar?

12 May Why Surya Namaskar?

We live in a world of instant gratification, where everything demands to have been completed yesterday and results should have been produced today. We always look for quicker yet more efficient ways to accomplish our goals.  Often, life seems to be on a fast track with no speed limit. We tend to read a short synopsis over reading an entire book. We prefer single-line instant messages over long emails. Therefore, it is not a surprise that we expect fast results with our workout routine, too. Yoga doesn’t disappoint us; especially Surya Namaskar, also known as the Poornasan (complete asan), gives us all the benefits we can get out of the Yogic system. In other words, if you do not have the time to learn the entire science of Yoga, just learn Surya Namaskar and you are all set! Here is why you should make this simple set of 12 steps, a part of your daily routine.

Achieve weight loss

If it is done at a fast pace, it is very effective in reducing the weight around your waistline and in toning your arms and thighs. With regular practice, you will find that the sweet tooth, which was bothering all along, is lost and you automatically start choosing the right kind of foods for your body.

Improve heart health

It is a great cardiovascular workout. The rhythmic breathing that accompanies the 12 steps improves blood circulation and all parts of the body are evenly oxygenated.

Reduce anxiety

Surya Namaskar has a wonderful effect on the activity of the endocrine system and thyroid glands. It balances the hormones and improves the functioning of the nervous system, in effect calming the entire body.

Be more efficient

This technique improves your mental clarity and executive functioning. It improves blood circulation to the brain, thereby building new neural pathways to function more efficiently in difficult and demanding situations.

Develop humbleness

As you do regular practice, you will notice that when you do the salutation with the eight points of your body (Ashtanga Namaskar), you connect with the Earth better. You will surrender all your problems in the lap of Mother Earth like a baby and feel completely accepted.  You will feel humbled by love and empowered by strengthening your roots.
Without further ado, roll out your Yoga mat, turn on your favorite music, and start your practice of Surya Namaskar!

Join us for a day of Yoga on June 18th to learn the right breathing techniques that go along with it, to maximize results.

28 Comments
  • Pragya Sinha
    Posted at 00:11h, 17 May Reply

    Beautifully written, yes this is an age where people want instant result, in a fast pace life no one has the patience to wait for eons. Surya Namaskar is indeed a complete yogic asan,, we know of its physical benefit but never new that it also reduces anxiety and develops humbleness, all the more reason to practice it daily

  • Madhan Thirukonda
    Posted at 14:19h, 17 May Reply

    Thank you for the article; very interesting to learn about the benefits of Surya Namaskar!

  • Santosh Taneja
    Posted at 04:50h, 18 May Reply

    I agree with Pragyaji and also want to add, Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a very ancient technique of paying respect or expressing gratitude to the Sun that is the source of all forms of life on the planet.

  • Preeti Malhotra
    Posted at 21:44h, 18 May Reply

    Yoga’s speciality is that it addresses all levels of our being from physical, mental, and spiritual. As we perform theses asanas our awareness is turned inwards and at the same time our innate connection with nature is strengthened. Surya Namaskar is a highly effective routine to attain overall well-being.

  • Leesa Choksey
    Posted at 15:18h, 19 May Reply

    The benefits of Surya Namaskar are amazing. I do practise this asana every day and its an all encompassing asana benefitting
    the entire body. Yes its humbling as well as a salutation pose and expressing thanks to the Sun as the source. Very nicely explained here.

  • Hema Deshpande
    Posted at 21:34h, 23 May Reply

    Wow! So simple yet so effective way to maintain good health! We should do it ourselves and teach our kids too. Wondering why Surya Namaskar is not so popular in Western countries. Whenever we hear Yoga… breathing techniques come to the mind.

  • Grace Smith
    Posted at 22:16h, 23 May Reply

    Suryanamaskar is certainly effective for weight loss and maintaining healthy weight. It also reduces anxiety, improves mental clarity and rids the body of numerous aches and pains if practised every morning.

  • Dilip
    Posted at 16:32h, 30 May Reply

    Nice article on benefits of Surya Namaskar

  • Yogini
    Posted at 12:47h, 07 June Reply

    nice article

  • SHYAMALA SESHADRI
    Posted at 23:39h, 07 June Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful article on Surya Namaskar. Must practice this to make ones life healthy, wealthy an d wise.

  • Pooja
    Posted at 01:08h, 08 June Reply

    This article motivated me to include Surya Namaskar in my daily routine.

  • Soundarya
    Posted at 08:26h, 08 June Reply

    In india sun god is believed to be the god of good health. There are three sun temples in india and in all the three of them the importance of surya namaskara is given emphasis.
    And thanks for such a beautiul article.

  • VISHAL KHOKHA
    Posted at 22:43h, 10 June Reply

    The article beautifully explains the many benefits of Surya Namaskar like weight loss, improve hearth health, help reduce anxiety and become efficient, also develop humbleness. By practicing Surya Namaskar daily one can get most of the benefits of the ancient Yogic system. It is definitely useful for anyone who is looking for quicker and more efficient ways to accomplish our goals.

  • Sandeep shejwal
    Posted at 06:47h, 13 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing, it is a need for everyone to keep healthy body.

    • Niraj
      Posted at 17:58h, 13 June Reply

      I agree with you Sandeep Ji, if our body is sickly or weak, we will not only not be able to do our worldly duties, but cannot focus on spirituality either.

  • Niraj
    Posted at 17:59h, 13 June Reply

    Learned something new by reading this blog. I did not know, previously, that Surya Namaskar is a poornasan. I look forward to learning it at Dallas Yoga Fest, plus a lot more !!

  • Debasmita
    Posted at 04:04h, 14 June Reply

    I believe Suryanamaskar should be incorporated into daily yoga practice, if one does not have sufficient time for other any other ‘asanas’. As the blog article here has nicely explained, this particular set of asanas has many benefits!

    • Niraj
      Posted at 19:12h, 15 June Reply

      I agree Debasmita Ji. With the busy schedule that people have, these days, Suryanamaskar is a great way to go !

  • Yogini
    Posted at 06:24h, 14 June Reply

    As explained very beautifully, there are lots of benefits for Suryanamaskar.

  • Surbhi Joshi
    Posted at 12:58h, 14 June Reply

    I am a big fan of suryanamaskar. Reading this article increased my respect even more towards this part of yoga. I have personally seen the benefits of it.

  • Murali Waro
    Posted at 13:31h, 14 June Reply

    I am doing Surya Namaskar everyday but never knew about all this benefits. I am also glad to know that Surya Namaskar helps to make you humble. Very nice article. Thanks for posting this.

  • Smita
    Posted at 15:48h, 14 June Reply

    After reading all the comments following the lovely description of all the benefits of Surya Namaskar, I too will start practicing this asana on a daily basis. Thank you, Dallas Yogafest for reminding me about the benefits of Surya Namaskar.

    • Niraj
      Posted at 19:13h, 15 June Reply

      It is a great service that Dallas Yoga Fest is rendering to the community !

  • shruti
    Posted at 06:37h, 17 June Reply

    Surya Namaskar calms the mind and helps improves concentration. If done fast, it provides a good cardiovascular workout. If done at a slower pace, these postures help tone the muscles and can relax the system.

    Awesome way to keep us charged.

  • Monika
    Posted at 08:31h, 17 June Reply

    What an informative article! Thank you.. I knew yoga is good for your overall wellbeing but wasn’t aware about all the benefits of Suryanamaskar. I will surely include this in my yoga asanas from now on.

  • Renjini Jyothishmathy
    Posted at 06:00h, 18 June Reply

    Thank you for this interesting article. I never knew the benefits of Suryanamaskar before. It is great to know that it is a complete asan . It is really helpful to those who has a busy routine and manage to do few Suryanamaskars and reap the benefits.

  • Santosh Taneja
    Posted at 14:27h, 18 June Reply

    I practice yoga everyday. it is great to know that Surya Namaskar asan improves the Heart Health, helps manage stress and reduce weight. Wow, amazing benefits.

  • Yogini
    Posted at 22:07h, 30 September Reply

    I agree with a lot of the comments. We have to take care of our body, as it is the only place we live in during this lifetime. A weak body can make life more difficult, and less pleasing. Keep it up Dallas Yoga Fest!

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