Friday, August 13, 2010


Known variously as Surya Namskar or Prostrations to Sun
or Sun Salutation, the Surya Namaskar is one of the best
exercises that people can perform. The benefits accruing
from these exercises are unique and excellent. This is a yoga
based exercise and it is customary to perform Surya
Namaskar after performing loosening yoga exercises.

The human being can be thought of consisting of ‘pancha
kosas’ (or five sheaths) consisting of the Annamaya (or Body),
Pranamaya (or Breath), Manomaya (or Mind), Vijnanamaya
(or Intellect) and Anandamaya (or Bliss) sheaths. These same
five kosas can be further grouped into Gross (or Sthula), the
Annamaya or body sheath, Subtle (or Sukshma) consisting
of the pranic, mental and intellectual sheaths and the Causal
(or Karana), the Bliss sheath. Properly performed Surya
Namaskar impacts and influences all five sheaths – the
body, the breath, the mind, the intellect and the bliss – thus
providing to the performers of these exercises the benefits for
the Sthula (Gross), Sukshma (subtle) and Kaarana (Causal)
bodies. Whereas conventional exercises of all forms including
aerobic, weight lifting, walking, jogging and running are
designed to provide benefits to the physical body and its
various component organs including joints and muscles, Surya
Namaskar provides benefits of a holistic nature by working
on the physical body, praana (breathing), mind, intellect and
the bliss components (or kosas) of the entire human personality.
In that sense, Surya Namaskar can be considered to be a
personality development tool and must be included as part of
one’s wellness program

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