Suryanamaskar is a sequence of yoga poses that are almost universally beneficial; with benefits that counter many aspects of ageing. The poses of Suryanamaskar help maintain muscles, help retain flexibility and boost metabolism. Practising Suryanamaskar either at a slow or fast pace help with digestion, soothe the nervous system and strengthen the heart. Not just that, these asanas help you feel energetic, rejuvenated and keep stress and anxiety away.
1. Namaskar Mudra: Stand straight with your feet together, hands by the side. Now, bring your palms close to your chest in namaskar mudra and breathe normally.
Benefit: Pose 1 help retain balance and strenghtens your back, neck and shoulders.
2. Back bending Chakrasana: Inhale and raise your hands. Now, arch your back and stretch your arms upwards as much as you can. Once in this position, breathe normally. Benefit: Pose 2 help with digestion and tone the arms and spine. They also make back and hips more flexible.
3. Padahastasana: Exhale and bend forward. Touch your toes without bending your knees. Look downwards and breathe normally.
Benefit: Pose 3 increase blood circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system. They also tone abdominal tracts.
4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana: Inhale and place your palms on the floor. Now bend your right leg (between your hands), at a 90 degree angle from the floor. Stretch your left leg backwards and arch your back. Then look upwards and breathe normally.
Benefit: Pose 4 help build hand and wrist muscles.
5. Santolasana: Exhale and place your right leg behind you, aligned to your left leg. Make sure your hands are aligned below, with your shoulders. Your shoulders, back and hips should be in a straight line. Once you’re in this posture, breathe normally.
Benefit: Pose 5 strengthen your heart and relieve shoulder ache.