Updated: Jan 18
At Moon Tribe yoga, we’ve experienced first hand the benefits a daily practice of Surya Namaskar has on your mind-body connection and overall wellbeing.
Surya is Sanskrit for ‘sun’ and Namaskar means 'to bow,' to recognize with your whole being, by reaching up and bowing forward to the earth in prostration the meaning is inherent in the movement.
Surya Namaskar is the perfect practice to awaken the body, focus the mind, and connect to a sense of gratitude for the new day. Practising yoga daily is comparable to your morning coffee! With its ability to wake up your brain and body through invigoration, you’ll feel the energy coursing through you all day.
Surya Namaskar embodies the spirit of yoga in the West. It is intensely physical but can be infused with devotion and like so much about yoga today, it reflects both ancient ideas and modern innovation. Understanding its meaning will allow you to bring the healing energy of the sun and a connection to the Divine into your own practice.
10 Benefits of Surya Namaskar
Yoga has a cumulative effect, the more you do it, the more potent and beneficial your practice will be. This daily habit is a reminder to check in with yourself, offer yourself nourishment, self-care and honour your needs.
Helps our mind relax, bringing you back to the present moment
Improves flexibility and stretches out any tension in the body
Helps burn excess fat by boosting metabolism
Helps build mental focus and clarity of the mind
Improves blood circulation, moving more oxygen to your cells
Improves the function of the internal organs
Improves muscle tone without placing stress on the body
Improves posture by assisting with bodily alignment
Helps to cope with insomnia by lowering stress levels, restoring balance in the body
Strengthens the body and prevents injury
The oldest-known yoga text to describe the Sun Salutation sequence, the Yoga Makaranda, was written in 1934 by T. Krishnamacharya, who is considered by many to be the father of modern hatha yoga. During this practise you are encouraged to visualize that you have the sun inside your heart, finding the light within yourself. This celebration of life is the essence of a spiritual experience and connecting your mind to your spirit.
Want to test the effectiveness of daily yoga for yourself?
Join us each morning on Zoom for our 21 day Sunrise Yoga Journey to practice Surya Namaskar daily at 6.15 am. Build long-lasting habits and start every day energised and flowing with positivity.