On the occasion of National Youth Day, which is celebrated in India on 12 January to mark the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, all educational institutions in Madhya Pradesh have been directed to hold Surya Namaskar and Pranayam sessions.
However, the Madhya Pradesh government has also said that participation in the Surya Namaskar would not be mandatory.
Surya Namaskar, or Sun Salutation, is a Yoga warm-up routine consisting of 12 different yoga poses, which bring your body, breath and mind together. It is based on a sequence of gracefully linked asanas and has a number of health benefits, including weight loss. Of course, yoga is one of the best weight loss exercises that one can practice to stay fit and healthy.
Here are some incredible health benefits you will get if you include Surya Namaskar sequence in your daily fitness regime:
> Since this yoga pose works on the whole body – including the neck, shoulders spine, arms, hands, wrists, leg, and back and stomach muscles – it helps to burn fat and give you a flat stomach.
> It is also one of the best workouts for stress reduction.
> It can also help cure blood pressure and strengthen heart muscles. It also cures irregular heartbeat.
> It is a famous natural remedy for managing menstrual cramps as well as regulating the irregular menstrual cycle.
> It relieves constipation and promotes healthy digestion.
> It reduces strained joints problems and helps in managing arthritis, sciatica, other joint-related ailments.
> It stimulates the nervous system including the brain and spinal cord, which reduces anxiety while inducing the sensation of calmness and tranquillity.
> It improves your blood circulation that helps prevent the onset of wrinkles, giving you a healthy, glowing skin.
> It also prevents hair loss and the ageing of hair.
> It increases your energy level and overall fitness level, which in turn enhances your sexual life.
If you want to learn or perform this yoga, but don’t know where and how to start, we have got you covered. The following video posted by The Art of Living on YouTube teaches you how to do Surya Namaskar. Check it out below!
According to The Art of Living, Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach.
Swami Vivekananda was born 12 January 1863. In 1984 the Government of India declared the day (January 12) as the National Youth Day and since 1985, the event is celebrated in the country every year.