Surya Namaskar -- a yoga workout for your body, mind and soul

Are you looking to start you day with a good, relaxing session of yoga? It will definitely benefit you in the long run. Make it a point to get up early each morning to perform Surya Namaskar. It will leave you feeling positive and ready to tackle the day. It usually ends with meditation and pranayam. 30 minutes of it can leave you feeling energetic throughout the course of the day. The exercise comprises 12 poses which help relieve stiffness, energise your body and refresh your mind. It can also be performed when you get back from work in the evening as it helps you unwind. Listed below are some of the health benefits associated with Surya Namaskar.

Strengthens muscles and joints

One of the advantages of doing Surya Namaskar is that it provides a good workout for your muscles, joints, ligaments as well as the skeletal system. It also ensures that your posture and balance improves. Regularly performing this yoga pose, makes your internal organs function better. (Read: A step-by-step guide to do the Surya Namaskar (Gallery))

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Ensures better digestion

Surya Namaskar helps your digestive system remain healthy, also ensuring that your bowel movements are regular. These yoga poses help increase the blood flow to your digestive tract in addition to stimulating the way your intestine works.With a better functioning intestine, digestion becomes better too. The forward bend pose aids in releasing trapped gases from your system. (Read: Try these yoga poses to improve digestion)

Helps cope with insomnia

If you suffer from insomnia then Surya Namaskar will be beneficial to heal the problems related to it. It calms the mind, thereby giving you a good night s sleep. You can improve your sleeping patterns by practising the physical exercise, various breathing techniques as well as complete relaxation. This will ensure that you do not resort to drugs to give you a restful sleep because these yoga poses improve your sleeping pattern. When you take sleep-inducing drugs on a regular basis, they hampers your body's natural sleep cycle while also creating a dependence on them with possible side-effects. (Read: Beat insomnia with yoga)

Ensures regular menstrual cycles

Surya Namaskar is also beneficial for women who suffer from irregular menstrual cycles as it helps regulate it. Sedentary lifestyles make us inactive and sitting all day can have adverse effects on your body's physical health. Surya Namaskar provides a total body workout which also helps lessen menstrual pain. However, it is important to note that one must avoid doing it during their menstrual cycle. (Read: Surya Namaskar or the sun salutation the why, how and when of the practice)

Keeps beauty problems at bay

Practising Surya Namaskar helps improve blood circulation. This preventing early hair greying, dandruff and hair fall. Your skin too will have a glow if you do this regularly.

Reduces belly fat

You also burn some extra calories when you engage in Surya Namaskar. This is because it stretches your abdominal muscles which help you shed the weight around your belly. It also improves metabolism.

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