The Health Benefits of Surya Namaskar

Updated on September 11, 2017

Salutations to the Sun God Surya

Intro

If you're looking for a simple, enjoyable way to start your day that provides a diverse range of health benefits, consider practicing Surya Namaskar. Surya Namaskar is a special sequence of yoga postures and chants that together comprise the traditional Sun Salutation.

Surya Namaskar has its origins in Hindu worship of the solar deity, and it has been practiced in India for thousands of years. There are twelve poses in the Surya Namaskar series, and a full round consists of performing two sets of this series. During the second set, practitioners move the opposite leg from the one involved in movement during the first set.

Whether you regularly practice yoga or not, you can enjoy the health benefits. Performed correctly, it is a completely safe set of yoga poses that will not cause strain or injury. You will experience health benefits by practicing the Sun Salutation just once daily, but you can also practice the series of poses as often as you like morning, noon or night.

Once you become familiar with Surya Namaskar and how wonderful it makes you feel, you will probably find yourself drawn to performing it multiple times throughout the day, including just before bedtime. When practiced in the morning, it relieves stiffness, energizes the body and refreshes the mind. During the day, it is a rejuvenating alternative to caffeine, and at night, it can help you relax and get a good night's sleep.

Health Benefits

Surya Namaskar provides all of the key health benefits of yoga in a very succinct package. It is a holistic exercise that provides physical health benefits, but also mental or emotional as well as spiritual benefits. The obvious advantage is the workout it provides for the muscles, but it also benefits joints, ligaments and the skeletal system by improving posture, flexibility and balance.

In addition to these physical benefits, this practice stimulates and conditions virtually every system in the body. It is good for the heart and stimulates the cardiovascular system. It oxygenates the blood and helps strengthen the heart. Surya Namaskar is good for the digestive system and the nervous system. It stimulates the lymphatic system and supports respiratory system health, as well.

Practicing Surya Namaskar also benefits the endocrine system and enables the various endocrine glands to function properly. These include the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary glands as well as the adrenal gland, testes and ovaries.

Like most forms of exercise, Surya Namaskar provides mental benefits to regular practitioners. You will feel wonderful after performing the Sun Salutation. It is relaxing and rejuvenating, and tension, stress and anxiety melt away.

Surya Namaskar is an excellent alternative to caffeine and other stimulants. If you suffer from insomnia or sleep disturbances, you will find it aids in helping you fall asleep without the need for depressants.

With regular practice, it is an excellent way to manage stress and alleviate depression. You will expend a tremendous amount of energy as you move through the two sets of poses. Surya Namaskar teaches you to concentrate, and learning to achieve the poses is incredibly gratifying.

Poses & Positions : A Complete Demonstration

12 Positions of Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutations

Specific Health Benefits

In addition to the general health benefits, each of the yoga poses in the series provides specific health benefits:

  • Pose 1 (and 12): Promotes balance, stimulates the respiratory system, exercises shoulder, back and neck muscles
  • Pose 2 (and 11): Promotes balance, promotes digestion, exercises arms and shoulder muscles, tones the spine, promotes flexibility in back and hips
  • Pose 3 (and 10): Promotes blood circulation, tones abdominal tracts, stretches back and leg muscles, stimulates spinal nerves, stimulates lymphatic system
  • Pose 4 (and 9): Exercises spine, strengthens hand and wrist muscles
  • Pose 5 (and 8): Stimulates blood circulation, strengthens the heart, strengthens wrist and arm muscles, relieves neck and shoulder tension
  • Pose 6: Strengthens leg and arm muscles, increases flexibility in neck and shoulders, stretches arms, shoulder, neck and back muscles, exercises back muscles, releases tension in neck and shoulder
  • Pose 7: Stimulates circulation to abdominal organs, tones digestive tract, stretches upper and lower body, promotes flexibility in the back, stimulates nerves in spine

Poses 8 through 12 are essentially repetitions of poses 5 through 1, respectively. The health benefits of each are similar to their corresponding poses.

Surya Namaskar is an exercise in itself, but it is also sometimes used as a warm up for other, more strenuous workouts. You can also perform Surya Namaskar at the end of other exercise routines as a way to relax and wind down. One of the best things is how flexible and versatile a form of exercise it is for individuals at all fitness levels.

Sun Gazing

Spirituality

Surya Namaskar will provide health benefits for individuals regardless of their level of interest in its spiritual benefits or their religious beliefs. Whether you consider it of spiritual benefit or not, learning the poses and practicing them regularly is incredibly gratifying and humbling.

Over time, Surya Namaskar will help you achieve a sense of well-being and purpose. It is a spiritually uplifting exercise and promotes a keen awareness of the interconnectedness of your body, mind and breath.

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      dprasan 5 years ago

      Surya namaskaram is one of the yoga which takes you to higher level in spirituality as well as in health conditions. Greatly explained. Keep it up.

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      Dr. pankaj 6 years ago

      surya namaskar is the best exercise. u just have to take out 15 minutes daily from ur busy life in morning. it also encourages me to wake up early. now i see my patients with more zeal and dedication.

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      Rishi Baba 6 years ago

      Surya Namaskar also leads to healhty sexual life. It helps in spiritual journey - from Sex to Spirituality!!!

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      naisha raj 6 years ago

      if u do 10 sets of surya namaskar daily , u dont need any other physical exercise and diet... it keeps u fit !

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      satyavani.kurapati. 6 years ago

      hey wonderful aasanas ....they give fitness tt body .A good exercise to recommend for weight loss.I feel very light .please girls don't do it in ur menstrual cycles.

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      varun maurya 6 years ago

      it helps maintaining good posture.very effective exercise can be done with less time. 10 to 15 minutes is enough.

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      m.vino 6 years ago

      IT IS REALLY AMAZING.IT IS FULL OF BENEFITS

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      anon 6 years ago

      can we do suryanamaskar during menses?

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      mayuri ambike 6 years ago

      I think this is a very important exersize in daily life & is make body flexible

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      Chameli Chandrakanth Wasmy 6 years ago

      Amazing excellent wonderful. My husband and I do together a lot. Very good.

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      Anu 6 years ago

      It is really very energetic. :)

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      NS 6 years ago

      Yeah, its worth doing it

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      umesh.R.Shetty 7 years ago

      suryanamaskara if done opposite to sungod early in the

      morning is more beneficial.

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      Pravin Marathe 7 years ago

      I feel energetic throughout the day. It relieves stress, improves concentration.

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      pragya 7 years ago

      suryanamaskar is a very good exercige our body & mind .our body is comfertabel after doing suryanamaskar.

      it's good to controle deep our breath

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      srinivas 7 years ago

      hi friends doing surya namaskara is just like that becoming young. i have gained lots of advantages from this asana.

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      ashwini sisodiya 7 years ago

      i do just 5 rounds of suryanamaskar daily and i feel revitalized.it improves body posture,flexibility,stamina etc.practicing it makes you charming.....thus it also reduces one's makeup cost...:)

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      Shashank Mulay 7 years ago

      I am doing Surayanamaskara daily 10.

      My aim is to increase it to 50 per day. Its really amazing.

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      Jitendra 7 years ago

      hi,i do 60 suryanamskar daily and would like to increase a count,i wanted to know the benefits of doing it on the part of organs of r body,believe me guy's once u do this u feel freshing,energetic,and enthusiastic..

      it builds ur shoulder,chest,wings,which r very useful in r daily routine..it improves ur body posture no doubt in it,u feel hungry after doing this,so it is also useful for ur appetite as well.keep doing suryanamskar daily keeps the Doctor away.......it's a fact........

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      eugenio 7 years ago

      I do 52 surya namaskar C ,5 surya namaskar A and 5 surya namaskar B everyday !

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      http://www.yoga-business.net/ 7 years ago

      Surya namaskar... one of the best ways for me to start my day...

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      HARRY 7 years ago

      i m new to yoga . i wana start yoga asana . and thinking start from surya namaskar yoga. is it good for thyriod people. i suffering frm thyriod and that's y feeling very dizzyness,my emotionas change very fast . so can i control all these things by doing this surya namaskara??

      plz guide me !!

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      Rahul Misra 7 years ago

      Surya Namashkar has incredible benefits.

      When done in conjunction with Shirshasana, Halasana and others over time, the benefits can be mind-boggling.

      We should all do this and encourage our near and dear ones to do the same. That would tantamount to giving a "real gift" to them -- the gift of a healthy life marked by emotional, physical and spiritual balance.

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      ramya 7 years ago

      can suryanamaskar be done during the mensural cycle. Does it have any side effects. please help

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      Dubakur.com 7 years ago

      I doing 1000 soorya namaskar a day. Because i likes surya acted in the movies likes ghajini and asingam.

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      Satyendra Chauhan 7 years ago

      You can also read Article on "HEALTH BENEFITS OF SUN RAYS" at http://bit.ly/cRVo2i you can get more benefits by doing Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) in Early Morning Sun Light.

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      tupulrag 7 years ago

      I have been doing Sooryanamaskar since 15years, intermittantly. But I have never stoped it. My experience is worth listening. Suryanamaskar can serve as a key to solve all your problems, primarily health oriented ones. I love Sun God. I love doing Suryanamaskar.

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      dada 7 years ago

      Surya Namaskar and Spirituality

      Surya Namaskar will provide health benefits for individuals regardless of their level of interest in its spiritual benefits or their religious beliefs. Whether you consider it of spiritual benefit or not, learning the poses and practicing them regularly is incredibly gratifying and humbling.

      Over time, Surya Namaskar will help you achieve a sense of well-being and purpose. It is a spiritually uplifting exercise and promotes a keen awareness of the interconnectedness of your body, mind and breath

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      DADASAHEB E BANDGAR 7 years ago

      I do this right from my childhood , really feel energetic , it is best exercise ever did

      I used to do regularly various types of surya namaskar and enjoys the real health.

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      D E BANDGAR 7 years ago

      It is one of the best exersise .I am doing and enjoying .

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      sanal kumar t m 7 years ago

      I do this right from my childhood , really feel energetic , it is best exercise ever did

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      Rajesha P 7 years ago

      I used to do other refreshing excises since many years. Now i started Suryanamaskara every morning. It helping me lot both in health and peaceful mind thrughout the day.

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      rajendran 7 years ago

      I used to do regularly various types of surya namaskar and enjoys the real health.

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      David Mars 7 years ago

      I stardted losing weight when i started the suryanamaskar. its really wonderful exercise to be healthy.

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      dinesh 7 years ago

      iam

      18 yrs and my height is 5.0

      can suryanamaskar help me

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      Dr.Pawar.Sanjay.R. pune 7 years ago

      After doing many yoga positions ,I found Surynamaskar's are very much useful.Mentally, Physically, and spiritually are very Useful. I do 25 Sun Salutatios Per Day In the Morning.Surely I will increase up to 108 in next six months.Then I will comment.

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      S.Ravi 7 years ago

      Hello All,

      It is indeed true that Surya Namaskar gives all beneficial effects which are more pronounced if you are new to the yoga. However most of the people leave comment here saying its good after practicisng it for few days or weeks. As any other benefit in this world, nothing comes cheap or easy. onc should pursue this at a ixed time (preferably in early morning or during sun set) to have long term benefit.

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      Jagadeesan 7 years ago

      i do surya namaskar 12 rounds per days it is very useful body and mind,i affected tension and sadness,its now easily removed from my body and mind now i am looking very young and energitic man. thanks for suryanamaskar

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      vishal sharma 7 years ago

      I am doing Surya Namakar since more then six months.It's really a good exercise.

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      nisha 7 years ago

      I do hundred suryanamaskar a day ....

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      baldev 7 years ago

      any age any patient can do suryanamaskaara ,all evils related to disease, mental abberrations and graha baadhas melt away by lord surya narayan's surya namaskaar immediate benefit seen ....

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      Dinesh M Patel 8 years ago

      It is understandable and very nicely articulated. Of very much use to human beings. Regards.

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      miragerainy 8 years ago

      Surya namaskar helps you balance your body, your mind and the way you perceive the world. By improving the overall state of your health, it also helps reducing weight. I think that it's much more effective to regard weight loss as a consequence of a healthy body, not as a singular purpose. Good luck!

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      sumaira  8 years ago

      how many times one can perform suryanamaskar in a day???does it helpful in reducing weight?????

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      Nandkishor desai 8 years ago

      I stardted losing weight when i started the suryanamaskar. its really wonderful exercise to be healthy.

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      TheresaAnn 8 years ago from South Fallsburg, New York

      Surya Namaskar will help improve your posture, which might make a difference in your height.

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      shree 8 years ago

      does suryanamaskar helps in increasing height? I am 16 years old but my height is 4.9 I want to increase my height. does suryanamaskar help me?

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      raghava 8 years ago

      its nothing but gives one more life to us... my request to all is that do surya namaskar .

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      S Sh 8 years ago

      Can Suryanamskar be done by a person with kidney diseaes (stage II) and High BP and of Age 41 years.

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      SeasonsFit 8 years ago from Denver, CO

      108 is also a sacred number related to Surya Namaskar.

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      askjanbrass 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great! I learn good yoga exercise from you Hub...

      Thanks a lot!!!

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      TheresaAnn 8 years ago from South Fallsburg, New York

      Jill of alltrades,

      Yes you can do Suryanamaskar without a guide or guru. You can follow one the the above videos.

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Can one do suyanamakar without any guide or guru?

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      debadarshi nayak 8 years ago

      I do 12 suyanamaskars daily after I suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure and cholestororol. Now the ailments are normalised. I also do 40 yogasanas with surya namaskars. I feel very easy. Still I am in doubt whether I can do sirsana or not. My age is 52 years. If anybody knows that please advise.

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      Hemang Suthar 9 years ago

      I started with 10 and I have reached to 43. It is a very good exercise and I find freshness. I don't feel any need of stimulants like tea, coffee etc. With practice it becomes very easy to do and if one does regulary for min. 10 dasy then one will fall in love with it!

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      srikanth 9 years ago

      I started doing five and now am doing almost 30 every day. It really rejuvenates the body and it helps my mind stay fresh all day.

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      jayaprakash alathur 9 years ago

      suryanamaskaram is mother of yoga, verygood exersise,that is dhana of bharat

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      easetravels 9 years ago from INDIA,TAMILNADU

      suryanamaskar to surya namaskaram.

      Very good.

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      rose 9 years ago

      i love surya namskara very good ebourne

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      Victor Goodman 9 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wow my body won't do that.

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      ebourne 9 years ago from Washington, D.C.

      I try to do at least seven sun salutations in the morning, and I find that it really makes me feel wonderful and centered and ready to face the day.

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