Well, the monsoons are here and this is the best time to talk about exercising, because most of us blame the rainy season to not take the initiative to get up and go for a run or exercise!
Being a professional & classical dancer, since a very early age of my life it was mandatory for me to have a healthy and flexible body. As experts say, Yoga works like magic to prepare your body to elevate it to the next level of performing arts! Perhaps, I thought it was time to share what I found amazing!
So here is the answer to all your problems – Surya namaskar, an indoor yoga regime, more of a miracle workout, which has the magic to cure any problem you may have or can think of, like – diabetes, weight gain, obesity, acidity, headaches, backaches and many more!
For me, its the best cure I have found in my life for all my health or physical problems. Thanks to my daddy for teaching me this fabulous thing when I was just 4 years old, despite being irregular with my practice, it never disappoints me with its magic!
All you need is a small area – 6ft X 4ft minimum, a yoga mat or carpet, comfortable work out clothes so that you can move & bend easily, A time slot of minimum 15 mins on a stomach that has been empty for at least 2 hours.
Now, initially you will have to go slow and steady with each step of the Surya namaskar.
The best way is to hold each step for 5 seconds each, trust me after 3 rounds you will be sweating profusely, which is a great sign! In the first week in about 15 mins you can do almost 6-8 rounds. Its best to increase the number of rounds by 3 each week. I know of people who are able to do 108 in a go, and they have the best bodies, skin, hair and health I have ever seen! So that is what you should aim to do yourself, because this is like gifting yourself a brand new body!
Surya Namaskar is a Sanskrit word which means obeisance or prostrations (Namaskar) to the sun (Surya). It implies that one rise before sun rise in order to do this exercise or pay obeisance to the rising sun. This is around 5 to 5:30 AM. Of course, this exercise is good no matter what time you may use it, but it is best done while the stomach is empty, before eating.
If performed correctly, this exercise composed of twelve bodily poses does not strain or cause injury. If performed in the morning, it relieves stiffness, revitalizes your body and refreshes the mind. Do it during the day and it will instantly boost you up, practice it after sundown and it helps you unwind.
Some Benefits of Surya Namaskar are:
•1. It provides a fab workout for the muscles, joints, ligaments and the skeletal system by improving posture and balance. The limbs become symmetrical while the internal vital organs become more functional. Its like a massage for all the internal vital organs of the body.
•2. Its fantastic for the health of digestive system. It increase blood flow to your digestive tract and stimulate the intestinal action known as peristalsis so digestion is more efficient. It also calms you, which in turn relaxes your digestive system and leads to more effective elimination. Forward bends increase the space in the abdomen and facilitate the release of entrapped gases.
•3. Its an ideal exercise to cope with insomnia and related disorders. Its practice calms the mind, and clears the thinking process thus helps to get sound sleep. it promotes more regular and restful sleeping patterns without resorting to sleep-inducing drugs. Such drugs interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle and can create psychological dependence and undesirable side effects. Its amazing for the mental health & well being!
•4. For women, It also regulates irregular menstrual cycles. it also ensures an easy childbirth. It helps to decrease the fear of pregnancy and childbirth. it regulates hormonal imbalance.
•5. It boosts blood circulation and helps to prevent hair graying, hair fall, and dandruff. It also improves the growth of hair making it long.
•6. It helps to lose extra calories. It helps to stay in shape by stretching the abdominal muscles. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar helps to lose excessive belly fat and gives flat stomach. Some of the asanas stimulate sluggish glands to increase their hormonal secretions. The thyroid gland, especially, has a big effect on our weight because it affects body metabolism.
•7. It helps to add glow on your face making facial skin radiant and ageless. It is the natural solution to prevent onset of wrinkles. Overall, it is excellent for the skin and it can also provide good benefits for people with blemishes, acne and many pther skin problems.
•8. Regular practice of it boosts endurance power. It gives vitality and strength. It also reduces the feeling of restlessness and anxiety.
•9. Daily practice of Surya Namaskar makes body flexible. It improves flexibility in spine and in limbs.
Note: People suffering from slip-disk, arthritis, heart attack etc including pregnant women are suggested to take medical opinion before they start the practice of Surya Namaskar.
So go get out of that bed and gift yourself a new body NOW!