If you are pressed for time and looking for a single mantra to stay healthy, here’s the answer: a sequence of 12 effective yoga asanas (postures) that give a good cardiovascular workout in the form of Surya Namaskar. Literally translating as “Sun Salutation”, Surya Namaskars are a good way to keep the body in fit and the mind calm and healthy.
Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach. Let’s begin with these simple yet powerfull Sun Salutation steps on our way to good health.
Each round of Sun Salutation consists of two sets, and each set is composed of 12 yoga postures. You might find several versions on how to practice Sun Salutation. However, it is best to stick to one specific form and practice it regularly for best results.
Here are five reasons why you should give surya namskars a go:
Helps lose weight
When you increase the pace, surya namaskar serves as a cardiovascular workout, stretching the abdominal muscles, helping you get in shape. It also increases your metabolism.
Gives you lush hair and glowing skin
The forward curve sends blood flowing to the brain, improving blood circulation, and thereby makes the hair soft and the face fresh and young. The inhaling and exhaling flushes out toxins, giving you a glow.
Helps strengthen muscles and joints
The stretching strengthens muscles, joints, ligaments and the entire skeletal system. It also improves flexibility of the spine.
Brings down blood sugar levels
The 12 sun salutation postures help in bringing down the blood sugar levels and decrease chances of heart diseases.
Ensures regular menstrual cycle
This is especially effective for anyone suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which is a common ailment among today’s women. Apart from helping you lose weight (which keeps PCOS in check), the postures are useful in regularising menstrual cycles.
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