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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 16:14 IST

Surya Namaskar: All you need to know about this wholesome yoga practice

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Gujarat for setting a Guinness World Record for the most people performing Surya Namaskar. Know all about the yoga practice.

Surya Namaskar
Surya Namaskar | Image:Pinterest
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On the morning of January 1, 2024, over 4,000 participants across 108 locations and 51 different categories performed the iconic sun salutation yoga sequence or Surya Namaskar in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his X (formerly Twitter) account to praise the state for achieving the remarkable feat. Gujarat made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for most people performing Surya Namaskar simultaneously. 

Prime Minister made a note of it on social media and wrote, “Gujarat welcomed 2024 with a remarkable feat - setting a Guinness World Record for the most people performing Surya Namaskar simultaneously at 108 venues! As we all know, the number 108 holds a special significance in our culture. The venues also include the iconic Modhera Sun Temple, where several people joined. This is indeed a true testament to our commitment to Yoga and our cultural heritage. I also urge you all to make Surya Namaskar a part of your daily routine. The benefits are immense.“ Know all about the wholesome yoga practice of Surya Namaskar and its benefits. 

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Screengrab of Narendra Modi's post | Image: Narendra Modi/X

What is Surya Namaskar?

Surya Namaskar, also known as Sun Salutation, is a profound yogic practice that combines a sequence of twelve physical postures with controlled breathing. Surya Namaskar is a series of yoga poses performed in a fluid sequence, traditionally practised facing the rising or setting sun. Each posture is synchronized with specific breathing patterns, creating a harmonious flow of movement. The twelve poses encompass a range of forward and backwards bends, stretches, and inversions, providing a comprehensive workout for the entire body.

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What are the benefits of Surya Namaskar?

Physical fitness

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Surya Namaskar serves as a full-body workout, engaging various muscle groups and enhancing flexibility. The combination of forward and backward bends helps improve spinal flexibility and posture.

Representative image of Surya namaskar | Image: Pinterest 

Cardiovascular health fitness

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The rhythmic nature of Surya Namaskar elevates the heart rate, promoting cardiovascular health. It effectively enhances blood circulation, which, in turn, supports a healthier heart and improved stamina.

Weight management

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Regular practice of Surya Namaskar aids in weight management by increasing metabolism and promoting fat loss. The dynamic movements stimulate the digestive system, assisting in better nutrient absorption and waste elimination.

Representative image of Surya namaskar | Image: Pinterest 

Stress reduction

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The meditative aspect of Surya Namaskar, coupled with controlled breathing, promotes mental calmness and reduces stress. It serves as an effective tool for managing anxiety and improving overall mental well-being.

Balanced energy flow

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According to yogic philosophy, Surya Namaskar helps balance the solar and lunar energies within the body, creating a harmonious flow of prana (life force energy). This balance is believed to contribute to overall health and vitality.

Improved flexibility and posture
Regular practice of Surya Namaskar gradually increases flexibility in the muscles and joints. The diverse range of movements also works to correct and improve posture over time.

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Boosted concentration and focus

The mindful approach to each posture in Surya Namaskar cultivates concentration and mental focus. This can be beneficial for individuals seeking to enhance their cognitive abilities.

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Overall well-being

Representative image of Surya namaskar | Image: Pinterest 

By promoting physical, mental, and spiritual harmony, Surya Namaskar contributes to overall well-being. It is a holistic practice that aligns the body, mind, and spirit.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 16:14 IST

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