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Surya Namaskar- The best Spiritual Yoga !

 It is a fact that the sun provides the energy that makes life possible on the earth.( a picture by Surya Savarnika Manavu Ashramam)

         Surya or the Sun God has been given greatest importance from the Rig veda period which seens divinity in the whole of the creation. The Surya or Sun called as PratyakSha Bhagavan i.e God who can be perceived by our naked eyes. It is a fact that the sun provides the energy that makes life possible on the earth. Surya Namaskara is a Traditional form of Worship to the Sun God and each of the 12 poses has a specific mantra that the practitioner may optionally recite mentally .Even though Surya Namaskara is not mentioned in the earlier Yogic  Texts . as it is considered by the Yoga Gurus(Masters) as a potent exercise whose energizing benefits are seen both on the body and mind. So gradually   Surya Namaskar practise  has been considered as  one of the best Yoga practise, in the World.

      As per Sri Sunil Daman, in an article which has been published in 'patheos' Hindu channel " It was a landslide victory for India at the UN General Assembly when the United Nations declared June 21st as International Yoga Day (or World Yoga Day). This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the world community to celebrate yoga at the international level, in his maiden speech at the UNGA in September 2014. He had said, “yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It is not about exercise, it’s a path through which an individual can discover his sense of oneness with nature. It embodies unity, unity of the mind and the body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment. On the whole, it’s a holistic approach to health and well being.” . So as Surya Namaskar is also part of Yoga practise , the Inter national Yoga Day i.e 21 june may be considered as Surya Namaskara DayHere remember able point is June 21st is Summer Solistice i.e Longest day of the year. Solistice gets its name from the latin for Sol(sun)and sistere(to stand still0. So "world Yoga day" is nothing but "Surya Namaskar Day". 

Now let us know about the Surya Namaskara Yoga  Practice through below given images which contains brief  information which is sufficient to understand. . 

About Surya Namaskar Yoga

:The First Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Pranaamasana  (Mantra isOm Hraam ‘Udhyannadhyamitramahaha’ Mitraya Namaha (Mitra - friend)
The second Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Hasta Uttanasana  (Mantra is Om Hraam ‘Om Hreem ‘Aarohannuththaraamdivamm’ Ravaye Namaha (Ravi - radiance) 

The third Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Hasta Paddasana (mantra is ∗ Om Hruum ‘Hridrogam mama surya’ Suryaya Namaha (Surya – dispeller of  darkness)
The fourth Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Aswa Sanchalanasana (mantra is  Om Hraim ‘Harimaanam cha naashaya’ Bhanave Namaha (Bhanu – Shining with luster) 

The fifth Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Parvatasana (mantra is  Om Om Hroum ‘Shukeshu May Harimaanamm’ Khagaya Namaha (Khaga – all pervading)

The sixth Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:SashTanga Asana (mantra is Om Hraha ‘Ropanaakaasu dhadhmasi’ Pooshne Namaha (Pushan – mystic fire which gives)

The seventh Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Bhujangasana (mantra is Om Hraam ‘Atho Haaridraveshu May’ Hiranyagarbhaya Namaha (Hiranyagarbha – golden colored)

The eighth Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Parvatasana (mantra is Om Hreem ‘Harimaanannidhadhmasi’ Marichaye Namaha (Marichi – Ray of light)


             The Ninth Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Aswa Sanchalanasana same as pose no 4 (mantra is Om Hruum ‘Udagaadhayamaadithyah’ Adityaya Namaha (Aditya – Sun, aspect of Vishnu, Son of Aditi)

The Tenth  Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:hasta padasana , sameas pose no 3  (mantra is Om Hraim ‘Vishwena Sahasaa Saha’ Savitre Namaha (Savitru – Light of enlightenment)

The Eleventh Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:same as hasta uttasana i.e pose No.2 (mantra is  Om Hroum ‘Dwishantham Mama Randhayann’ Arkaya Namaha (Arkah – a ray of light, a flash of lightning, Sun)

The Twelth Surya Namaskar Yoga Pose:Tadasana same pose No.1 (mantra is Om Hraha ‘Mo Aham dwishatho Rattham’ Bhaskaraya Namaha (Bhaskara – Shining Light)

As per Sri Sri Yoga Teacher from the Art of Living Foundation, Surya Namaskar calorie calculation is as follows:

One round of Surya Namaskar burns upto 13.90 calories for an average weighing person. You can now set a target for yourself. You can slowly increase the number of rounds of surya namaskar to 108. By the time you reach this number, you will become more toned and fitter.

30-minutes workout calorie meter: How many calories are you burning in your 30 minute workout?

Weight lifting = 199 calories

Tennis = 232 calories

Basketball = 265 calories

Beach volleyball = 265 calories

Football = 298 calories

Bicycling (14 - 15.9 mph) = 331 calories

Rock climbing = 364 calories

Running (7.5mph) = 414 calories

Surya Namaskar = 417 calories

So Finally it is says that Surya Namaskar Yoga 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  

Namo  Surya Devaya namaha! 

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