Surya Namaskar

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Surya Namaskar means sun salutation. There are 12 yoga poses/asanas in one round of Surya Namaskar. 

Out of 12 poses, 5 poses are repeated - 1&12, 11&2, 10&3, 9&4, 8&5. Poses 6&7 are different. So, in all, there are 7 poses but in an order of 12 steps.

One whole round of different poses gives multiple health benefits. Body flexibility, better sleep, stress relieving, muscle tone, spine & back flexibility, strengthening muscles, improving posture, revitalizing the brain cells, and increasing blood flow in the organs. In addition to these, practicing a few rounds of Surya Namaskar daily helps in weight loss & abdominal fat loss, is a good cardio exercise, and reduces pain in the legs and back.

Begin with 2 rounds daily and gradually increase once you feel comfortable doing it. 8-10 rounds daily is a good exercise. It can be done at a slow, medium, or fast pace as per your comfort level. Do it facing the east side, preferably early in the morning on a firm, non-slippery yoga mat in order to avoid slipping or falling.

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