In Mahadev Desai’s book “The Gita According to Gandhi,” he writes - to practice yoga means: “the yoking of all the powers of body, mind and soul to god, it means the disciplining of the intellect, the mind, the emotions and the will, which that yoga presupposes, it means a poise of the soul, which enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenly.” One of the most cherished and comprehensive flows in the yoga canon of movement, which is the vinyasa (meaning to link movement with breath) known as Surya Namaskar. In English, this translates to Salutations to the Sun, or “Sun Salutes”.
Comprised of 12 postures, Sun Salutations is a benefic, beautiful modality that supports the overall development of the mind, body, and breath. Not only does it bring flexibility and suppleness to the musculoskeletal system, it becomes the foundation for spiritual practice. Yes, while these dynamic postures assist us in the physical, mental, social arenas of health, and with sound, perceptible benefits, but it is for spiritual excellence where we accept the maximum gift of practice: asanas, pranayama and then meditation.
Here are 6 KEY benefits to Engaging in a Devoted Practice
Supple Spine, Strong Muscles, Healthy Joints
You will improve your flexibility, and bring symmetry to your limbs and posture. Sun Salutes also help to massage and support the functioning of all our vital internal organs. It also makes your spine stronger, and tones your arms and abdomen.
A Bright and Happy Complexion
As Sun Salutes improves your circulation, and oxygenation, it brings a natural radiance to the face, and may even help to prevent the onset of wrinkles.
A Sunny Tummy
Sun Salutes are great for the digestion. Not only does it increase blood flow into the solar plexus, it massages and rehabilitates the intestines; stretching the abdomen, creating space along the diaphragm, and belly. Having an expansive space within gives the organs more elasticity and litheness.
Harmonizes and Anxious Mind
Improved blood flow to the brain will support memory and the entire nervous system. Proper oxygenation will bring serenity the mind, and these postures can also help regulate the entire endocrine system and removes any irregularities of such glands: yes, even thyroid.
Your Battery Pack
Your heart is your king. And your kidneys and adrenals are where your body stores your jing or präna reserves, so by increasing blood flow and supply, it encourages the whole battery pack to work more efficiently, allowing your body to filtrate toxins better too. By removing waste products from the body will ensures proficient human heart performance.
Once you get your vinyasa down Try picking up the pace. While a slow practice will increase flexibility, at a fast pace provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, which will tighten and tone your body and help shed pounds, especially in that hard to reach lower belly.