The stomach-gurgling babaji on TV has sure taught us that yoga ensures holistic health and that we can easily do on our own at home. True that is! But as we sternly resolve to rigidly follow the babaji-with-political-aspirations, and step on the mat, we are clueless about how to start.
No, we don’t directly start with doing a head-stand like our expert yoga guru. But we warm-up! The best way to prepare our body for further toil is to perform a Surya Namaskar the Yoga Sun Salutation Pose. It is a continuous series of 8 related Yoga postures, some done twice, in what totals 13 poses.
Sun salutation helps you stretch, compress, arch, and reinforce major muscles of your body. If done correct, these exercises help your body develop flexibility, strength, balance, concentration and focus.
Surya Namaskar is a continuous series of 8 related Yoga postures, some done twice, in what totals 13 poses. Let’s learn to do them.
Benefit: This posture helps to induce a state of introversion, relaxation and calmness.
Breathing: Slow and steady breathing.
Benefit: This posture stretches the chest and the abdomen and lifts the prana (energy) upwards to the upper parts of the body.
Breathing: Start inhaling as you stretch both arms, and hold breath in the stretched arm position.
Benefit: This posture massages the abdominal organs. The power of digestion increases and female disorders such as menstrual irregularities are relieved.
Breathing: Start exhaling as you bend forward. Exhale fully as you reach the bent position.
Breathing: Start inhaling (purak) and fill your lungs as you reach the position.
Benefit: Stretches the chest, shoulders and biceps, and strengthens the wrists, arms, glutes and hamstrings.
Benefit: This posture strengthens the nerves and muscles in the arms and legs, stretches the calf muscles and makes the spine straight and taut.
Breathing: Start exhaling (rechak) and completely exhale as you reach the posture.
Benefit: This posture develops the chest and strengthens the arms. It sends additional blood to this area helping to rejuvenate the nerves.
Breathing: Keep the breath out in the exhaled position as you reach the posture and start inhaling as you move to the next posture.
Benefit: This pose gives dynamic expansion to the organs of the chest and abdomen, relieving many ailments such as asthma, constipation, indigestion, kidney and liver problems.
Breathing: Start inhaling. Fill lungs and hold breath as you stay in this posture.
Return to standing position facing the sun, both feet touching, palms joined together, in prayer pose.
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