Our body, the instrument through which all our mental and physical activities are performed, is probably the most abused and overlooked aspect of our life in case of most of us, if not all. Most of us take our health for granted and wait till it finally breaks down. In a modern world more emphasis is laid on curative measures but our sages were wise enough to concentrate on preventive measures and develop a number of tools to keep their health in the pink. One such tool conceived and being practised years together in India and now abroad also, is Suryanamaskara (salute to the God of Energy - The Sun).
Our Rishis relied heavily on natural resources and these resources were tapped and harnessed by them in various ways for the benefit of mankind. The Sun, the symbol of energy and vitality was made the source of inspiration by our Rishis and the concept of Suryanamaskara was thus born.
Reported benefits of Suryanamaskara are immense like loosening of the spine, relief from backache, and muscular tension, correcting bad posture and maintaining body balance. Suryanamaskara also helps blood circulation and digestion which in turn improves quality of your sleep.
Prevention is always better than cure, so as far as possible take all preventive measures to stop any disease visiting you.
Perform the 12 sequential positions as shown in the following illustrations daily and reap the benefits of being healthy, energetic and happy.
The cycle of 12 steps completes 1 set of Suryanamaskara. One can repeat the sets according to ones capacity, age and time. Suryanamaskara should be performed on empty stomach ideally early in the morning.
Suryanamaskara is a combination of many Yoga Asanas, yet it is not a substitute for Yoga. It does not require external tools or big space. It does not cost you any money. (But, done in a competitive spirit it could have damaging effects on the body). People with certain health problems like High or low B.P., or any other disorders should perform Suryanamaskara under the guidance of the Doctor. If not done correctly it could also result in postural defects.
courtesy : Kanara Saraswat Association Magazine - August 1999