Origin and History Behind Surya Namaskar

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Surya Namaskar means, salute to the sun or sun salutation. Surya Namaskar is a Sanskrit word meaning (SURYA) means sun and (Namaskar) means ‘greeting’ or salute. In India Surya is identified as a god as the sun is the soul and important source of all life, the sun is the most important source all the creature receive enemy from the sun, without sunlight life on the planet earth is not possible and this scientifically proven.

In Yoga, Patanjali discusses of Ishvara as a primordial guru, the guru of teachers since old periods. Ishvara is not a person of course, but that special state of knowledge which transforms us from our natural, constrained, ego­-based state to one of transcendence and boundlessness. Since old times, human beings have employed symbols for that final teacher. One of the most important symbols is Surya, the sun. The wonderful Vedic prayer known as the Gayatri Mantra approaches the sun as "the one who brightens our min

In Surya Namaskar there are 12 types of asanas and are practised in a sequential way facing in the direction of the sunrise. Surya Namaskar is one of the complete practice of Yoga. Therefore has a great energizing effect on the body, prana and mind when it is done in the morning during sunrise, facing the sunrise as the rating.

This morning practice is intended to work on all body parts, every organ, every system and every chakra. It is also considered to be the most effective way to combine with our core inner strength.

The following are the benefits of Surya Namaskar:

  • Due to a lovely combination of the variability and constant nature of Surya Namaskar, it allows people to achieve self-motivated practice without getting bored or mindless and it allows for easy self-manoeuvring since it is repetitive in nature.

  • Adding mantras during the practice removes flatness implements harmony within and provides peaceful vibrations that remove tiredness.

  • Mudras, like namaste and poses, like ashtanga, bring humility and remove self-binding ego in the practitioner.

  • Salutes to the sun, the visible holiness in nature, empowers one to practice in faith. Reflecting the sun in one's heart centre produces a sense of peace and wholeness. The body is implemented with natural intelligence to produce energy from the sun directly.

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