The sun is the source of all energy and the supporter of all life-forms. In India, it is more than just a star and Indian culture respects and worships this powerful source of energy as a deity. Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation,is one way Hindus have always paid respect to the “sun god” and in turn gain enormous health benefits.

Surya Namaskar, also known in English as Sun Salutation is a well-known sequence of twelve asanas. The obvious characteristic of Surya namaskar is the fact that it exercises the entire body. The Sun Salutation is a graceful sequence of twelve postures performed as one continuous exercise. Each position is reverse of the one before, stretching the body in a different way and alternatively expanding and contracting the chest to regulate the breathing.

Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is Yoga postures, breathing, mindfulness, meditation, bandhas, gaze, alignment etc- all rolled in one! It’s considered the most complete exercise routine! Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar has many benefits and if done regularly can not only help you lose flab but can also help you combat diseases. The read some of these benefits, look at the original article here.