Surya Namaskar - The Sun Salutation
The Sun Salutation, which consists of a flowing sequence of 12 asanas in sync with the breath while remaining focused and aware of each movement, is ideally practiced at sunrise. But it is quite possible to perform it at any time of the day by visualizing the energy of the sun. However, it should be avoided at the end of the day. The Sun Salutation has many benefits related to the sequence of each asana in it:
1 - Energy Activation
Doing sun salutations is a great way to energize your body first thing in the morning.The early morning hours are considered particularly conducive to yoga and meditation practice! ...even if the body is a little stiff when you wake up...
2 - Reduces the effect of stress: good oxygenation
The Sun Salutation, which calls for breathing through the nose, not the mouth, provides a particularly effective function of the full breath (diaphragm-pulm) by connecting the flexion-expiration and extension-inhalation postures. It helps to improve the elasticity of the rib cage
3 - Stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
Due to the head-down asanas, it is excellent for cerebral circulation.
4 - Leads to meditation and to approaching the day in a positive way
The Sun Salutation works with the breath (as does every series of asanas ;-) ), and allows one to take full advantage of the present moment. Through the performance of the Sun Salutations, we share our gratitude for this new day, for being alive, for being able to think and act.Starting the day by being grateful can only allow us to approach it in a positive way!
5 - Positive effects on the physical body
-Good joint and muscle function, improving shaping and toning-Better chest and back support for a more open posture and a more graceful head carriage-Stretching of legs, arms, shoulders, back... -Allows the elimination of toxins through the skin-Decreases fatty bulges in the abdomen, hips and thighs-Activates the natural emunctories with consequent elimination of toxins from the skin, lungs, intestines and kidneys.
6 - Positive effects on glands and internal organs
-Activates the digestive system by massaging the liver, stomach, spleen, intestines and kidneys, and thus fights constipation and difficulties in digestion -Better maintenance of organs by strengthening the abdominal girdle-Oxygenation of the blood system and ventilation of the lungs-Strengthens cardiac activity and blood circulation
7 - ...and more globally:
-Improves memory and concentration-Favors better sleep-Tones the nervous system-Increases immune resistanceSo it's up to you!!! The daily practice of the Sun Salutation only takes about 15 minutes a day and can really change a lot.