Surya Namaskar is solar, surya, heating, energizing, and activating. The aerobic effect of the sequence of salutations benefits the heart as well as warming up stiff muscles.  Remember, movement excites the mind and can thus lead to a sloppy practice if it is not synchronized with the breath.  The breath is not neutral, it either enhances or detracts from the practice.  An aggressive breath means the mind is leading the body, whereas a shallow breath indicates a lack of vital energy or boredom.  Absorb the mind into the body with the breath.  Surya Namaskar integrates movement and breath-awareness and initiates unification, preparing the entire being for practice.

Physical Benefits:

  • Strengthens abdominal muscles.
  • Improves muscle flexibility.
  • Makes the spine and waist flexible.

Emotional Benefits:

  • Thoroughly ventilates the lungs, and oxygenates the blood.
  • Promotes sleep and calms anxiety.
  • Tones up the nervous system and improves memory.
  • Produces health, strength, efficiency and longevity.