Summary: Surya Namaskar is basically done during sunrise to express gratitude to Sun for sustaining life on this planet. When done every morning on an empty stomach it revitalizes your body and refreshes your mind. Performing a few round of surya namaskar in 15-20 minutes makes it a comprehensive workout. But since Surya namaskar involves a proper breathing sequence it is important that you practice it with a yoga practitioner. We tell you few things to keep in mind while practising surya asana.

Surya Namaskar aka Sun Salutation is one of the most widely popular yoga asana. This asana has 12 different postures and is known to have various health benefits. Surya Namaskar is basically done during sunrise to express gratitude to Sun for sustaining life on this planet. When done every morning on an empty stomach it revitalizes your body and refreshes your mind.

Surya Namaskar is the best exercise for those who are unable to find time for morning exercise due to their hectic routine. Performing a few round of surya namaskar in 15-20 minutes makes it a comprehensive workout.

Some of the many benefits of Surya Namaskar are listed below:

1) It strengthens your spine and core
2) It corrects your posture and strengthens your balance
3) It improves blood circulation in the body
4) It protects your heart
5) It tones all the muscles of your body and promotes flexibility
6) It aids weight loss
7) It helps relieve stress and delays signs of ageing
8) It improves your intuition
9) It makes your mind calm and composed

But since Surya namaskar involves a proper breathing sequence it is important that you practice it with a yoga practitioner. Here are few things to keep in mind while practising surya asana:

1) Warming Up 
Do some stretching before beginning with Surya Namaskar. This will prepare your muscles for the 12 postures of the suryanamaskar

2) Direction
Suryanamaskar if done during morning than do it facing east and if you are practising it in evening do it facing west.

3) Show gratitude
Surya namaskar is a gratitude prayer to Sun energy so feel thankful to Sun while performing it. It will give you content, joy and satisfaction.

4) Gentle and Slow movements
Never go from one asana to another with a jerk. Change in postures should be fluid. Avoid sudden jerks while going from one asana to another. When you are in the practice phase do it slowly and gently and when you want to increase your pace, ensure the movements are just as fluid and graceful.

5) Awareness
Some of the postures in Surya namaskar when done right release lot of energy in the body which makes us feel very energetic. Hence it is extremely important to stay aware of your breathing and going slowly while moving from one pose to another.

6) Breathing
This is one of the most important aspect of Surya Namaskar. You must know when to inhale and when to exhale, also it is important that you are breathing effortlessly and not forcefully. Hence do your surya namaskar slowly and gently with a complete focus on breathing.

7) Relaxation
It is extremely important to bring your body to relaxation after every workout and surya namaskar is no different. Lie down in shav asana (corpse pose) to relax your muscles of all the stretching. Lying down for 5 minutes after an intensive surya namaskar will help your mind and body to relax completely.