Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutation, Meaning, How To Do, Benefits

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By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S

“There is no Ashtanga Yoga without Surya Namaskara, which is the ultimate salutation to the Sun God” – K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Surya = Sun
Namaskar = Salutation

Surya Namaskar means Sun Salutation or Salute to the Sun. Surya; the Sun God is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortality in Hindu mythology. According to Rig Veda, Surya is the soul, both for moving and unmoving beings.

Surya Namaskara is a Yoga practice which includes performance of 12 asanas i.e. poses in a sequence. It is a cycle which starts with standing position and ends back at the same position and includes different inter-linked poses in between start and finish. Many variations of Surya Namaskar have been explained in different treatises and different schools of practice of Yoga.

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