Sun Salutations — “Proper practice of this exercise can support healthy breathing for stress, weight control, sleep, heart, lungs, and structural strength for the back and neck.” — John Douillard – LifeSpa.com
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- Are you looking to get started doing Yoga and not quite sure where to begin?
- Do you want to get so “more” out of your current yoga workouts?
- Would you like to take your life to a whole new level?
Then there is probably no better way to achieve all of this and so much more, than the powerful sequence of Yoga postures know as Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskara.
Today, we will look at just some of the many benefits you will receive when you begin to salute the sun daily. Then we will move on to a video demonstration of the Surya Namaskara postures.
Like Yoga, Surya Namaskara has sood the test of time. As well as being a very beneficial series of postures to do. It is also a way of paying respect or expressing gratitude to the Sun for sustaining all life here on the planet.
The Art Of Living site shares these benefits: Via ArtOfLiving.org…
Why Start the Day With Surya Namaskar?
Surya Namaskar is a set of 12 postures, preferably to be done at the time of sunrise. The regular practice of Surya Namaskar improves circulation of blood throughout the body, maintains health, and helps one remain disease-free.
There are numerous benefits of Surya Namaskar for the heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat, legs. From head to toe, every part of the body is greatly benefitted by Surya Namaskar, which is why it is highly recommended by all yoga experts.
Postures act as a good link between warm-ups and asanas and can be done any time on an empty stomach.
However, morning is considered to be the best time for Surya Namaskar as it revitalizes the body and refreshes the mind, making us ready to take on all tasks of the day. If done in the afternoon, it energizes the body instantly and if done at dusk, it helps you unwind.
The article goes on to talk about the 3 different speeds you can do them and their benefits as follows.
- Slow they help make your body flexable,
- At a meduim pace the help tone your muscles and,
- Fast it’s a great cardiovascular workout that aids weightloss.
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Sun Salutations Also Give You..
Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP from LifeSpa has been teaching and lecturing on Ayurveda internationally for more than 30 years. Lays out more profound benefits to be gained from daily Sun Salutations. Via Life Spa…
The key to breathing, according to Ayurveda, is to use all 5 lobes of the lungs and, most importantly, to access the lower lobes – to both calm and repair the nervous system and remove toxic waste out of the body.
The sun salutation literally pulls the stomach and abdomen down away from the diaphragm and rib cage with each extension – inhalation posture. With each flexion posture, as the rib cage and abdomen are pushed together as the diaphragm relaxes, the adhered tissues between the stomach and diaphragm are fed with an increased blood supply that slowly breaks down the scar tissue restoring youthful elastic function to the diaphragm, lungs and stomach.
This process will ensure optimal digestion well into your elder years, while maintaining complete breathing access to the lower lobes of the lungs, activating the rest, digest and repair nervous system, optimal circulation and lymph drainage to the heart, lungs and upper digestive organs, and the efficient excretion of fat and toxins from the body through optimal function of the diaphragm and lower lobes of the lungs.
By now you should be starting to get a pretty clear picture that saluting the sun daily ROCKS! And the longer you do them, the more you benefit from them. So, how about we get you schooled up on how the posture sequence goes, so you can start reaping their rewards.
Follow along with this 1½ minute video demonstration by YogawithLuna. Like all new workouts, exercises ecetera. Start slow and build up as you become more familiar and your body becomes more conditioned.
Alright, are you still with me?
It’s ok, once you get going they are easier than they look. In the beginning your focus should be on the breathing and moving rather than trying to do the “perfect” pose.
You will find over time, and as your practice “grows” your body will change, your movement will become more graceful and it will be easier to get into good, strong and “aligned” postures.
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