Yoga for Beauty and Health


Suryanamaskar

Introduction | Suryanamaskar postures | Description of postures


MEANING

SURYA is SUN;  NAMASKAR is SALUTATION

SALUTATIONS TO SUN GOD is known as SURYA NAMASKAR

                                                                           

GENERAL INTRODUCTION:

A good health is experienced only if  mind and soul are tuned properly. For harmonious thoughts our mind should be calm, peaceful and strong. Similarly for all effective physical activities, our body should be in good condition. The following Surya Namaskar asanas train   the aspirant to make his body and mind aligned properly for effective life as a whole.

So both body and mind are interrelated and if any one of this gets affected it is natural that  the other part would also be affected.

To maintain health in,

Physical level: Proper Exercise, Proper Breathing, Proper Diet, Proper Relaxation.

Mental level:  Positive Thinking, Pranayama, Meditation.

Soul level:  Meditation.

Surya Namaskara helps to develop harmonious and synchronized improvement in all these states.

Surya Namaskara is a dynamic practice and apart from the Asanas (static postures)

But it is a combination of Asana, Pranayama and also of some physical exercise.

Always Surya Namaskara is practised before the Asana practices, because it helps to develop more perfection in Asanas.

It is a late invention.

No hints about Surya Namaskara in classical texts like H.Y.P, P.Y.S and G.S.

It is apart from the Caste, Religion and Nationality.

We are offering salutations to Sun God.

Sunrays remove the Darkness in this world.

It clears the `Darkness of Ignorance to the Real Knowledge or Enlightenment.’

Predominantly activates the outer muscles and joints compared to Asanas.

It is synchronized with Breathing and Mantra.

Keeping Awareness in Breathing is called Prana Dharana.

BEEJA MANTRA:

Beeja à Seed; 

Mantra à ‘Mananath Thrayathe iti Mantra’

Mantras produce the `Verbal sound’ that has special vibrations.

These vibrations activates mostly in Pranic body & Exocrine and Endocrine glands    in physical body.

The effect of these sound vibrations in the body system is explained in detail in the book “SURYA NAMASKAR” published in 1940, by `Bala saheep Panth’, `Raja saheep’ from Maharastra.

FORM OF BIJA MANTRAS:

(Hraam) « Bija  mantra activates in Brain, Heart and Respiratory system.

(Hreem) « Throat and Digestion.

(Hroom) « Liver, Spleen, Uterus, Ovaries, Stomach, Intestines.

(Hraim) « Kidney.

(Hroum) « Large Intestine, Rectum, Anal canal.

(Hraha) « Chest, Neck, Throat.

SURYA NAMASKARA STEPS:

It has 12 steps.

In each step, Vertebral Column attains a different position and giving different effects.

Each step has individual Bija Mantra.

These Mantras have different Names and Qualities of Sun God.  

NAME OF THE MANTRAS:

Hram Mitraya Namaha  

Hreem Ravaye namaha

Hroom Suryaya Namaha  

Hraim Banave Namaha

Hroum Gaghaya Namaha 

Hraha Bhushne Namaha

Hraam Hiranyagarbaya Namaha  

Hreem Marichaye Namaha 

Hroom Adhityaya Namaha 

Hraim Savithre Namaha 

Hroum Arkaya Namaha 

Hraha Bhaskaraya Namaha