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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

(8.3.7) Surya Namskar (Sun salutation)

How to do Surya Namaskar 

What is Surya Namskar -
Surya Namskar is a process of saluting Surya Dev or sun god. It is an exercise as well as a prayer to god Surya who is also known as the god of light, life and health. Twelve Mantras are chanted in this process of Surya Namskar. These mantras can be chanted verbally or in mind. Every mantra has a simple meaning that is ' salutation to god sun '.
Time and place of performing Surya Namskar -
Morning is the best for performing Surya Naskar. Open and airy place is to be considered the most suitable place for it. Surya Namskar should be done with an empty stomach.
Process of Surya Namskar ( How to do Surya Namskar ) - 
First of all the person should have his/her face towards the sun and then he/she should meditate on the feeling that his/her hands are touching the feet of the sun god and the sun god is blessing him/her.
After it he/she should do Dandvat Pranaam ( Prostrution ). Then he should stand up and chant the second mantra and do the Dandvat Pranaam. Similarly repeat this process twelve times with the twelve mantras one by one. The twelve mantras are given below -
1. Om Mitraay  Namah ( ॐ मित्राय नमः )
2. Om Ravaye Namah ( ॐ रवये नमः )
3. Om Sooryaay Namah ( ॐ सूर्याय नमः )
4. Om Bhaanave Namah ( ॐ भानवे नमः )
5. Om Khagaay Namah ( ॐ खगाय नमः )
6. Om Pooshne Namah ( ॐ पूष्णे  नमः )
7. Om Hiranya garbhaay Namah ( ॐ हिरण्य गर्भाय नमः )
8. Om Mareechaye Namah ( ॐ मरीचये नमः )
9. Om Aaadityaay Namah ( ॐ आदित्याय नमः )
10. Om Savitre Namah ( ॐ सवित्रे नमः )
11. Om Arkaary Namah ( ॐ अर्काय नमः )
12. Om Bhaaskaraay Namah ( ॐ भास्कराय नमः )
Benefits of Surya Namskar -- ( Why is Surya Namskar performed )
Surya Namskar
- gives the exercise to legs and arms.
- improves the digestive system.
- regulates blood circulation.
- helps the practicener stay slim.
- makes the body flexible.
- increases the endurance power.
- removes the negative emotions like restlessness and anxiety etc.
Precautions -
1. The person who is suffering from backache or hernia or high blood pressure or such other diseases, must consult the doctor before starting Surya Namskar.
2. The pregnant women should also seek the doctor's advice.
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