Surya Namaskar ( Sun Salutation) is one of the basic yoga practices; It stimulates your whole body and is a prayer of gratitude toward the sun. Furthermore, it is perfect for those looking to perform an intensive workout in a small amount of time.
In Sanskrit, Surya refers to the Sun while Namaskar means to bow or to greet.
Every yoga practitioner first starts with Sun Salutation. Performing the Sun Salutation provides many health benefits. It reduces the tension from your body and mind, improves circulation, regulates your breathing, and stimulates your central nervous system. According to ancient yogis, these 12 sequences of Asana also activates the Manipura (Solar plexus) Chakra, which is located in the navel area and is called the second brain. This increases the creative and intuitive abilities of an individual.
Each posture in Surya Namaskar increases muscle flexibility and also engages a different part of your body. As a result, your body gets warmed–up to practice more powerful and complicated asanas.
Practising Sun Salutation also helps you to gain spiritual knowledge and wisdom. It calms a person’s mind and enables one to think clearly.
Over the years, Surya Namaskar has gone through many changes, and as a result, many variations exist today.