(Last Updated on : 15/10/2015)
or Surya Namaskar is a type of yoga which is the salutation to the Sun. The light is considered as the symbol for all splendour and glory of the spirit. Lights stands for truth, order, reality, goodness, beauty, intelligence, wisdom, bliss and immortality. Therefore the sun is light and life.
Importance of Sun
A small part of light of the sun is producing life and energy of all beings. The sun is 1.3 million times bigger than the earth. Sunlight coming to earth represents only about one part in 200 crore of the total amount of energy radiating from the sun, Out of this, 30 % merges in the atmosphere without reaching the earth and only about 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum is thought to be perceived by the eye. Yet this is sufficient to supply our planet with about 4.69 million horsepower per square mile.
Description of Sun and Surya Namaskar
It is vividly described in the 'Taaitryee Araanyyak' how Surya ruling our bodies. Surya is the fountain source of strength and vitality, light and effulgence and so. He naturally rules our heart, spine and constitutions of human body. He causes all respiration and controlling sensory and motor organs and breath. The Sun generates 'Vital force' or 'Prana shakti' contains five sub vital airs known as 'Panch prana
' which is inherent in every limb, muscle etc. Our lives, health and well-being are truly dependent upon the Sun.
Description of Surya Namaskar
Suryayoga or Surya Namaskar, combination of two Sanskrit words Surya and Yoga, where 'Surya' means 'Sun' and 'yoga' means 'to yoke' or together which literally means to amalgamate with the sun - become one. Sunlight has great therapeutic value. The importance of Sun was realised very early by the ancient civilizations. It was given the status of a God and worshipped from time immemorial.
Importance of Surya Yoga
Surya Yoga is an energetic, dynamic and rejuvenating style of yoga based on a unique series of Sun Salutations. One can balance and organize chemical, bio-electric, and bio-magnetic powers in the body by practising Surya Yoga. Surya Yoga helps in revitalise energy and negates illnesses of the mind and body. It is a blend of yoga, nada (sound), rishi gyan and Gautama Buddha
stage (silence). The omnipotent Surya's presence can change, arrange, reduce, remove imbalances and organise the chemical, bio-chemical, bio-electrical and bio-magnetic powers in living beings.
When to Practise Surya Yoga
The best time to practice Surya yoga is at sunrise or sunset when the harmful ultra-violet rays are not present. Daily practicing of Surya Yoga will balance the five elements in the body. Surya Jowel, known as Surya Swami, is the founder of the Suryayoga. Surya Yoga, according to him, is done in nine steps, and when perfected can activate the body chakras or power points, opening up the path to self-realisation. "The photons from the sun can help smoothen and enlighten the body, prana, mind and soul to come together in a straight line.