When it comes to maintaining a perfect hourglass body shape and weight loss, people often turn their ways to the gym and pick up some high-calorie burning exercises , I agree that it’s the right way but there is another way which can help you burn calories, melt your stubborn belly fat and to the ladies who have newly stepped in motherhood, they can easily gain back their pre-pregnancy body shape; the mantra is Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar.

Sun Salutation has been recognized as a power technique to lose weight and not to miss a simple one. It is an ancient and powerful way to lose weight and has been practiced for centuries. As per the belief of many expertise,  Surya Namaskar boosts metabolism and helps in building lean muscles. It won’t be wrong to claim that Surya Namaskar stands unrivaled as far as the effect is concerned.

Surya Namaskar – a perfect solution of workout for those who have  time crunch

This ancient Yoga pose consists of 12 different poses.  This is especially helpful for those who don’t have much of time and are always s in a hurry but want a quick result.  It’s advisable that yu perform this exercise during the early morning hours at fast pace and it will provide a good piece of cardiovascular workout.  If you intend to do this at a slow pace it helps in toning muscles and is relaxing.

Although it’s a complete exercise in itself yet it works as a perfect line between warm-ups and intense workouts.

Why is Sun Salutation good for you?

Sun salutation is not only restricted to losing weight rather, it has a great impact not liver, heart, intestine, stomach, the legs, and throat.It helps to purify the blood, improvise blood circulation and ensure proper functioning of stomach. It has been observed that practicing Surya Namaskar every day can help in balancing-Vata, Pitta ad Kapha which are the important constitution of our body.

Did you know this about Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar – 288 yoga postures in 12 minutes, surprised, don’t be. I will explain this to you

One round of Surya Namaskar comprises of 12 different postures. In one set you should do 2rounds f Surya Namaskar, first with the right side of your body and second with the left side.  You should 12roundsof Surya Namaskar every day so the calculation becomes – 12 rounds *2 (right and left)*12 yoga poses in each round= 288.

How many calories you burn during Surya Namaskar-

An average weighing person can burn up to 13.90 calories.

 So, what are the different poses of Surya Namaskar:

Surya Namaskar comprises of 12 different poses which are as follows:

Pranamasana or the Prayer pose–  The pose is similar to what you do while praying,  you need to stand on the mat with your feet together, expand your chest and keep your shoulders relaxed. While breathing in lift your arms up and while you exhale bring our palms down in front of your chest back in prayer position.

Hastauttanasana or the Raised Arms pose– Inhale and lift your arms up and move it back, make sure that your biceps are close to your ears.

Hasta Padasana or The Hand to Foot pose– Breathe out and bend forward from the waist but you need to make sure that your spine is erect and as you exhale bring the hands down to the floor beside your feet.

Ashwa Sanchalanasana or the Equestrian pose–  Again breath in and move your right leg back, stretch it as far as possible. Then bring your right knee forward and look up.

Dandasana or the Stick pose–  While breathing intake your left leg back and keep your body in a straight line.

 Ashtanga Namaskara or the Salute With Eight Parts-  Bring your knees down to the floor and exhale.Push your hips a few inches above the ground and rest your chest and chin one floor.Overall you need to keep both your feet, knees, straight, chest and chin touching the floor.

Bhujangasana or the Cobra pose-   To come in this pose you need to slide forward and raise your chest up on the cobra pose. Make sure that your elbows are bent and shoulders are away from the ears.

Parvatasana or the Mountain pose–  While breathing out you need to lift your hips up and chest facing downwards, forming you form an inverted V shape.

Ashwa Sanchalanasana or the Equestrian pose –  In this pose, you should breathe in and bring your right foot forward ie it should be between your two hands and left knee down.

Hasta Padasana or Hand to Foot pose– Breath out and bring the left foot forward while keeping the palms on the floor.

Hastauttanasana or the Raised Arms pose – Breath in and roll your spine up; your hands up and move it a bit backward.

Tadasana-  Again breath out, keep straight, bring your arms down and keep your body relaxed.

I  hope that you will indulge yourself in practicing Surya Namaskar and reap positive benefit out of it.