Benefits of Surya Namaskar are immense. It is a complete form of exercise and if done the right way it has multiple and long term benefits that extend from head to toe, within & around and from body to breath & mind.
While performing the various poses of Surya Namaskar in a sequence, it works on the abdomen by stretching it and compressing it alternatively. This does a healthy massage to all the internal vital organs in the abdominal cavity and even the intestines. The abdominal massage helps in the proper functioning of the organs and intestines thus improving the digestive system.
Elimination of the unwanted and waste material from the body is as essential as keeping the necessary nutrients. Some times due to improper digestion and constipation one may not be able to get rid of their intestinal waste completely, but due to regular practice of Surya Namaskar one can overcome the problem of constipation.
Kidney is another important organ that helps in the excretion of waste material from the body. Surya Namaskar massages these two organs, increases the supply of blood to them and even regulate their improper functioning.
Sweat is another way of body to get rid of waste. All skin problems normally originate because of accumulation of toxins on the skin. If we sweat profusely, then all the skin pores would be washed and lessen the toxins on skin. Surya Namaskar leads to increased perspiration and releases toxins from the body.
Surya Namaskar is a good cardio exercise and increases the heart rate, thus working on the whole circulatory system. Otherwise unapproachable areas also receive blood and every cell of the body receive nutrients. The lymphatic system also gets speeded up with Surya Namaskar thus strengthening the body’s immune system.
In this fast paced lifestyle people tend to breathe superficially in short and shallow breaths. This leads to lack of oxygen and accumulation of carbon dioxide in the body. When the lungs are not used to their fullest capacity this tends to increase germs in the body, causing other illnesses. When we coordinate breath with Surya Namaskar we make our breath deep and long thus reaching all the alveoli of the lungs resulting in maximum exchange of air during inhalation and exhalation.
Endocrine system comprise of all the glands in the body that release necessary hormones for all the vital activities such as growth and development, harmony, stress and happiness, sex and reproduction, metabolism etc. If any of these organs are disturbed and the hormonal release is affected, it will affect the entire health status. Surya Namaskar works on almost all the glands regulating the correct release of necessary hormones.
All the organs of the body communicate with the brain through the mesh of nervous system. The brain commands the organs through these nerves. It is the channel of communication between brain and the rest of the body. If the body and its organs are healthy but the nerves are not healthy, then it will lead to improper functions in the body. Surya Namaskar tones the nerves in the whole of the body especially the spinal cord running through the spine, by working on the spine in the forward and the backward direction.
Working from standing position to lying on the abdomen and pushing our body up, we move our entire body weight on our arms, legs and back. Work out quality of Surya Namaskar ensures the building of right amount of muscles on our bones. This way Surya Namaskar even helps in weight management. The ones who are under weight will increase their muscles and the ones who are overweight will reduce the size of their muscles, thus toning them.
Surya Namaskar works on all the major bones which we otherwise do not use in our daily life. In current life style where our major work gets done sitting, Surya Namaskar is an excellent way to strengthen our bones.
Practicing Surya Namaskar regularly is good for everyone but for women it comes with a bonus. Ladies who have been practicing yoga in their pre menopause days, strengthen their bones and increase the bone density. Even practising Surya Namaskar regularly give the similar benefits and their bones remain strong even after menopause.
When we bend and fold ourselves while moving into various poses, all the major joints are worked up thus activating all the joints and strengthening them. While practicing Surya Namaskar, the range of motion of various joints is very large as compared to what we otherwise use our joints for.