The SURYA NAMASKAR (Sun Salutation)

The Surya NAMASKAR (Sun Salutation)

The Sun Salutation or the SuryaNAMASKAR limbers up the whole body in preparation of the ASANA. Eachposition stretches the body in a different way alternately expanding andcontracting the chest to regulate the breaths. If practiced daily it will bring great flexibility to your spine and joints and trim your waist. 
Sun Salutation is very good exercise for people suffering from diabetes, it increases the blood supply to various parts of body, improving insulin administration in the body, it gives all the benefits of exercise if practiced at 4 rounds per minute. If practiced at slow speed, it offers the benefits of ASANA.

Description of the asana



  1. Stand erect with feet together and palms in the prayer position in front of your chest. Make sure your weight is eventually distributed then Exhale.
  2. Inhaling then stretch your arms forward, then up and back over your head and bend back slowly from the waist.
  3. Exhaling, fold forward, and press your palms down, fingertips in line with toes-bend your knees if necessary.
  4. Inhaling bring the left (or right) leg back and place the knee on the floor. Arch back and look up, lifting your chin.
  5. Retaining the breath, bring the other leg back and support your weight on hands and toes. Keep your head and body in line and look at the floor between your hands.
  6. Exhaling, lower your knees, then your chest and then your forehead, keeping your hips up and your toes curled under.
  7. Inhaling, lower your hip, point your toes and bend back. Keep legs together and shoulders down. Look up and back.
  8. Exhaling, curl your toes under, raise your hips and pivot into an inverted "V" shape. Try to push your heels and head down and keep your shoulders back.
  9. Inhaling, step forward and place the left (or right) foot between your hands. Rest the other knee on the floor and look up, as in position.
  10. Exhaling, bring the other leg forward and bend down from the waist, keeping your palms as in position 3 & position 10.
  11. Inhaling, stretch your arms forward, then up and back over your head and bend back slowly from the waist as in position 2 & position 11.
  12. Exhaling, gently come back to an upright position and bring your arms down by your sides

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