Saturday, February 8, 2014

What Makes Sun Salutations So Great?

Don't be taken aback if the first quote here appears to be gibberish, but:

"aadityanamaskaaram yE kurvanti din E din E janmaantarasahasrEna daaridra'm n OpajaayatE"

Now here is its meaning:

"The Man who performs Sun Salutations daily does not get poor in a thousand births!"

So what exactly are the Sun Salutations?

Well, this exercise is a combination of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, Sun Bathing (if done in an open space) and Respiratory Cleansing.

Taking That Into Consideration, here are some of its benefits:

- It alleviates disorders of the skin and visceral organs

- It helps with restoring flexibility and corrects old or acquired habits of improper breathing.

-It exercises the legs and arms, thus increasing the circulation.

- It is one of the best ways to burn calories and reduce weight WITHOUT any cumbersome or expensive equipment and is often recommended for obesity and depression.

- It is quite helpful with loosening up, stretching and warming up almost joints and internal organs of the body. This lends itself to a more effective yoga session with a lesser risk of injuries owing to inadequately warmed up muscles.

- It has a stimulating, restorative and balancing effect on all the systems of the body including the endocrine, circulatory, reproductive and digestive systems.

- In actuality, if you are familiar with "burpies" (the calisthenics exercise), they do derive their origin from the Sun Salutations and these exercises are said to help with explosiveness, agility, endurance and coordination. These all being components of fitness that will be enhanced by a regular Sun Salutation session.

It is noteworthy of mention that if you do 10-20 minutes a day alone of these powerful exercises along with basic natural movements such as dancing, walking, running, jumping etc, they will be more than sufficient to aid in weight loss and spiritual enhancement.

Here's to health.

Foras Aje

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