Staying high on energy is an important need of these modern times. The high amount of stress with a hectic lifestyle has started to intoxicate our mind, body and souls. In addition, the chronic pollution in the air, water and food that we take in on a daily basis is pilling up unwanted toxins in our body slowing down our metabolic process and making obesity a worldwide phenomenon. This is where the weight loss industry is booming only to get more and more new and repeat clients to their doors with little improvement in the health scores. The gyms and weight loss clinics have not been able to provide a sustainable method of removing these toxins from the body and promoting weight loss. This is where people globally are finding their way to age old yogic sciences that focuses on balancing health not just physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Yoga comprises of many practices and posture that has varying significance and implication. One such pose which is said to be the mother of all postures is the Surya Namaskar or the sun salutation. It is based on the principle of worshipping the rising sun. This posture has caught the attention of many A rated celebrities across the globe including Jennifer Anniston and Victoria Beckham. This posture is a mixed bag of twelve cyclic postures performed in a rhythm that leads to wholesome health and balance. This exercise is most suitable for busy people around the globe who complain that they do not have time to exercise.
Though Surya Namaskar is not just about weight loss here are some of the ways it can help you burn more calories and promote weight loss.
How Many Calories Does Surya Namaskar Help to Burn
Generally, one complete round of surya Namaskar takes three to four minutes. There are studies to prove that one minute of surya namaskar burns around three calories. Therefore, you can burn around 14 calories in every sun salutation. So if you workout for thirty minutes everyday you burn around 400 calories. If you compare this with other workouts, it is very high. If you do cycling or play football, you only burn under 300 calories in the same time frame. In fact even if you do weight lifting for thirty minutes you only burn under 200 calories which is less than doing sun salutations for thirty minutes. You could compare doing sun salutation to amount of calories you burn while running at the speed of 7.5km/hr for thirty minutes.
Complete body workout
Since this asana involves stretching and exerting the throat, stomach, legs, heart and intestines, it is a complete body workout. It is a fast way of getting maximum effect on the entire body as it involves stretching, bending and flexing of muscles along with rhythmic breathing. This exercise is very popular for women as it directly helps in trimming the waistline.
Most people who are obese have an obsessive uncontrollable urge to eat. The poses in the Surya Namaskar massage the internal organs that in turn helps you control hunger pangs and anxiety around food. So you can feel easy around food and are able to control excessive eating.
Detoxifying Your Mind, Body and Spirit
This slow form of exercise is more beneficial than hours of intensive workout at the gym. The sweat due to these postures can help in detoxifying your body. Apart from the sweat, the deep and rhythmic breathing also leads to detoxification.
Also the harmony caused by these postures helps in overcoming mental and physical stress. It calms the mind. It is in fact suggested to give gratitude to the sun while performing Surya Namaskar as it can be a spiritual experience for some. Many people over eat due to stress and anxiety. This is called emotional eating. Performing Surya Namaskar can make you more conscious of your body and mind and help you make the right decisions.
Though Surya Namaskar has many benefits its important to understand if it is really for you. If you are new to yoga it is not a good idea to start right away with sun salutations as it requires practice and flexibility. You can start with a few salutations everyday and gradually take the number higher. There are many celebrities who perform 108 sun salutation daily to keep themselves fit and harmonized. It is a good idea to perform a few warm up exercises before starting the sun salutation or Surya Namaskar. It is not just about how fast you do it or how many times you do it. Getting the posture right is of prime importance.
Also if you are suffering from a heart condition, weak bones, arthritis or slip disk, you should take your physicians advise before starting off.
There are various variations to Surya Namaskar available that one can benefit from. There is a lot of research available on the internet about Surya Namaskar which is also called the base of power yoga. These poses not only help you in losing weight but also help in keeping it off for life.