I had gone to my old Yoga school on a long walk. Not to meet anyone but to eat fruits. From an elderly woman who has been sitting outside Yoga centre ever since, with a fruit basket. “Mango aren’t yet sweet, I was about to tell her”, when she introduced me to a police man sitting beside, telling him that I am a Yoga Teacher.
I finished my fruit Salad. About to leave when he requested me to come near and asked in a hushed voice, what to do when your face is darkening? Quiet. I wanted to hear more. It is my wife, she is also gaining a lot of weight. She isn’t old. 47 Years. What to do?
Hearing these two queries took my intuition and understanding towards the Source; The Sun. And Since the Origin of Yoga is centered around and incipiently with worshipping the Sun, I started with telling him about how human civilisation and life actually started around Fire, and fire worship in form of the Sun on Earth, i requested him a few things. Only If she can start her day with Surya Namaskar; Salutations to the Surya Dev first thing in the morning, the giver of energy to the world, for self Vitalisation. I asked him to look over this video for assistance as I didn’t want to do the 12 postures right there on the roadside.
Because first thing that the practice of Surya Namaskar in the direction of the sunrise will do is that it will start maintaining an optimal Vitamin D in the body. Also, solar plexus located behind the navel in the human body is connected to the Sun. The practice of 12 postures of the sun salutation series enhances the solar plexus which, in turn, increases the level of Oxygen in the body, greatly enhances the flow of blood along with creative, intuitive, and other sensitive abilities in the practitioners. I told him even though it is best to practise before or even at the time of the rising sun, but one can perform whenever it feels comfortable.
I even made him write the mantras that go with each posture, more because I could feel he was intrigued and wanted to know it well and right.
“Stand facing the east at dawn and recite the mantras to pray Surya Dev and offer flowers, rice grains with water or simply offer water and perform Surya Namaskar. There are 12 Mantras which are different names of Sun God. With each posture, a particular Mantra is chanted.”
𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐲𝐚 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐚𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 :
12 सूर्य नमस्कार मंत्र :
1. ॐ मित्राय नमः (Aum Mitraya Namaha) – One who is friendly to all
2. ॐ रवये नमः (Aum Ravaye Namaha) – The shining one, the radiant one
3. ॐ सूर्याय नमः (Aum Suryaya Namaha) – Who is the dispeller of darkness & responsible for bringing activity.
4. ॐ भानवे नमः (Aum Bhanave Namaha – One who illumines, the bright one.
5. ॐ खगय नमः (Aum Khagaya Namaha) – Who is all-pervading, one who moves through the sky.
6. ॐ पुष्णे नमः (Aum Pushne Namaha) – Giver of nourishment and fulfillment
7. ॐ हिरण्यगर्भाय नमः (Aum Hiranyagarbhaya Namaha) – Who has golden color brilliance.
8. ॐ मारिचाये नमः (Aum Marichaye Namaha) – The giver of light with infinite number of rays.
9. ॐ आदित्याय नमः (Aum Adityaya Namaha) – The son of Aditi, the cosmic divine Mother.
10. ॐ सावित्रे नमः (Aum Savitre Namaha) – One who is responsible for life.
11. ॐ आर्काय नमः (Aum Arkaya Namaha) – Worthy of praise and glory.
12. ॐ भास्कराय नमः (Aum Bhaskaraya Namaha) – Giver of wisdom and cosmic illumination.
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As with anyone, moving body is as hard as giving exams without preparation expected to pass. I knew Asanas or the Yogic Poses are the hardest thing to do. Hence to make things doable I asked the Officer to First get her to clean her blood and Ama i.e toxins and undigested metabolic waste. If she can start taking half Tsp. Turmeric and and less than half Tsp. Neem powder daily on a empty stomach with Luke warm water. Similarly just before sleeping, if she can only take alum water to gargle and drink just two Tsp of it, it will clean her colon to a great extent and she will start feeling the change and lightness in the body.
He wrote it rapidly on a piece of paper. But for my co-travellers who are young and exploring different dimensions of Body and heart, I thought of sharing some rewards of this daily practice while becoming one with the Nature.
10 Health Rewards/Benefits of Yogic Salutations to the Sun
1. Surya Namaskara as a Gratitude Practice
Sun salutations were born out of deep reverence for the sun, that great ball of fire that warms us, makes plants grow and makes all of nature flourish. The yogis created the sun salutation to pay homage to the sun each morning at sunrise. In doing so, they were practicing gratitude, whether you realize it or not. In pranamasana, the hands are folded in Namaste position close to the heart. Scientifically, the folding of hands together connects the right and left hemisphere of the brain.
2. Magnifies the Blood Circulation:
The active inhalation and exhalation process throughout the Sun salutation series keeps the blood oxygenated and lungs ventilated. The optimal flow of fresh blood in the body is a great way to detox the body making it free from toxic elements and carbon dioxide.
3. Focuses Your Mind
Sun salutations can be thought of as tools for the mind. They get you focused and on the right track, especially first thing in the morning. When you attune your breath to your movement, you’re bringing your attention into the present moment, which supports clarity of mind and present-moment awareness. These are really essential characteristics to have if you want to evolve on the yogic path.
4. Glowing Skin and Luscious Hair:
The Sun Salutation incorporates diverse yoga asanas that enhance the supply of blood and oxygen to these regions helping you savor a youthful glow and long-healthy mane even during old age.
5. Oxygenate Your Cells:
As you increase the length of your inhalations and exhalations, you are bringing an increased supply of oxygen to your cells. Increased oxygenation of your cells is believed to prevent fatal diseases like cancer. It also improves lung health the body’s ability to detox. Because of this, statistics show that cancer patients are now increasingly considering oxygen therapy. When we increase our blood oxygen levels, we’re fighting free radicals, which also helps cognitive function. This means our mind will function better as we age. Therefore, sun salutations can actually slow the ageing process of the mind.
6. Enhances Fitness and Flexibility:
The Surya Namaskar is a comprehensive workout that benefits the entire body. The diverse 12 postures stretch, strengthen, and boost fitness levels of the body. The Ashtanga Namaskar works on the joints of wrists, the forward fold extends the limbs and makes the spine supple, and so much more.
7. Activates the Heart and Helps Bringing Nature Close:
As the hands are join together in front of the heart centre opens one to humility and Gratitude. And when once you are open to these gifts, nature open to you. As they say Nature, nurtures.
8. A Remedy for Blood Pressure and Heart Problems:
Surya Namaskar is a natural remedy for blood pressure. The Surya Namaskar benefits the heart muscles and corrects irregular heartbeats. The practice also keeps sugar levels in control thus keeping the heart problems at bay.
9. A Very Happy Gut:
Due to the alternate stretching and compression of the abdominal organs in the Sun Salutation Series, the digestive fire gets activated that helps get rid of constipation and other stomach problems. A happy and healthy gut is one of the most regarded health benefits of Surya Namaskar.
10. Helps Building Immune System for One and All. Travellers or even Office Goers:
With the practice of Surya Namaskar enhance the health of your body, mind, and soul. It is one of the best ways to keep the body free from diseases and to lead a life of youthfulness, vigour, and positivity.
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