“SUN SALUTATION OR SURYA NAMASKAR”

Salute to the Sun or Sun Salutation, is a practice in yoga, an exercise incorporating a sequence of some twelve gracefully linked asanas. The asana sequence originated in the Hatha Yoga tradition in the 9th century in India. The basic sequence involves moving from a standing position into Downward and Upward Dog poses and then back to the standing position, but many variations are possible. The set of 12 asanas is dedicated to the vedic-hindu solar deity Surya. In some Indian traditions, the positions are each associated with a different mantra.

The name Surya Namaskar is from the Sanskrit word सूर्य Sūrya, "Sun" and नमस्कार Namaskār, "Greeting" or "Salute". Surya is the Hindu god of the sun. This identifies the Sun as the soul and source of all life. Surya Namaskar is all about getting energy from the sun, where the level of Ultraviolet rays does not harm your skin. As time passes the level of UV rays increases, so it is important to salute the sun in the early morning and in the evening when the sunlight is bearable and not harmful. Surya Namaskar should be done facing the early morning sun in mild sunlight from the east. Surya Namaskar helps in rejuvenating your body, refreshes your mind and gives the ultimate feeling of energy throughout the day. So, it is important to perform Surya Namaskar in the morning and attain all the energy and benefits to make your day the best.

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