Surya Namaskaar- The salutation of the Sun
Each morning we are born again. What we do today matters most- Buddha
Modern School, Lucknow aims at a wholesome development of the children therefore during these enduring times we lay utmost importance to the physical fitness and health improvement of our children and their family members.
We are trying our best to inculcate healthy habits in them. One such habit is the practice of doing Surya Namaskar.
What is it all about?
Surya Namaskar or ‘Sun Salutation’ is a very ancient technique of paying respect or expressing gratitude to the sun that is the source of all forms of life on the planet. Life on Earth without the energy of the Sun is hard to imagine, therefore our ancestors have always laid importance on the existence of the Sun.
Symbolically, the sun becomes our source of energy as well.
The history of this technique: it has been said by the ancient rishis of India that the different parts of the body are governed by different impulses or different types of light. The central point (solar plexus) of the body also known as the second brain, is said to be connected to the sun. This is the main reason why the ancient rishis recommended the practice of Surya Namaskar because the regular practice of this technique enhances the solar plexus, which increases one’s creativity and intuitive abilities.
Benefits of Surya Namaskaar
- It helps to keep you disease-free and healthy
- Regular practice promotes balance in the body
- Strengthens the heart and improves blood circulation.
- Stimulates the internal organs like the respiratory and excretory systems.
- It tones the body and gives it flexibility
- On a psychological level it helps in connecting the body and the mind thus making one calmer and boosts the energy levels with a sharp awareness.
How can children benefit from Surya Namaskaar?
With such chaotic competition everywhere, school-going children are exposed to stress and anxiety at an early age. During these times when the children are spending all their time in front of computers or smartphones , it is essential for them to exercise. They are also away from a healthy social life hence parents must take care of their health in engaging them in productive habits. One such practice can be doing Surya Namaskaar. It helps children calm their mind, improve concentration, and build endurance. It reduces the feeling of anxiety and restlessness. Regular practice of Surya Namaskar also gives strength and vitality to the body. It also aids in muscle growth and makes the body more flexible. Children as young as five-year-old can also practice Surya Namaskar daily. The best time of the day to practice is at sunrise however it can be practiced during any time of the day.