“I’d love to do yoga every day. I don’t usually have time, but a few sun salutations go a long way.”

Thandie Newton

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“I’d love to do yoga every day. I don’t usually have time, but a few sun salutations go a long way.”

Thandie Newton

I try and do yoga every day, but if I do not have time to do my full practice I will at least do my Sun Salutations everyday.

It turns out, you don’t have to commit to a full hour of practice to reap yoga’s many benefits. Just 20 minutes of flowing through Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) have tremendous effects on wellness and can even get you out of a mental slump, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Yoga.

Researchers divided 124 college students with high stress into a Surya Namaskar–practicing group and a control group that did not participate in yoga or any other stress-reducing activity or exercise. At the end of two weeks, the daily sun saluters reported a quiet mind, feelings of rest and joy, and less worry than the control group.

The survey found that regular practice of Sun Salutations promoted positive changes in lung function, respiratory pressure and resting cardiovascular parameters. These changes resulted when Sun Salutations were performed quickly rather than slowly.

Yoga has long been touted for its effects on body and mind, as a moving meditation and a way to calm the mind and promote harmony. Even a simple Sun Salutation practice can have the same effects as a full yoga practice.

Researchers found that the stressed out students who practiced Sun Salutations for 14 days were more physically relaxed, mentally quiet, at peace and at ease than a control group of students that did not practice. The students who practiced were also more rested and refreshed and exhibited less worry and negative emotions.

A boost to your mood is only 20 minutes away.

Sun Salutations warm up the whole body and use more muscles than any other exercise I know.
 The muscles used are the shoulders, arms, chest, abdominal, lower-back, front-hip, thighs, hamstrings and calves or to give the muscles their full names that’s the Pectoralis Major, Deltoids, Serratus Anterior, Coracobrachialis, Triceps, Rectus Abdominus, Transversal Abdominus, Erector Spinae, Psoas major, Psoas minor, Iliacus, Gluteus Maximus, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Gastrocnemius and Soleus.
 Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskara are a very ancient technique of paying respect or expressing gratitude to the Sun that is the source of all forms of life on the planet.
 Sun Salutations — Surya Namaskara are a set of 12 postures, including downward dog — Adho Mukha Shvanasana and upward dog — Urdhva Mukha Svanasana preferably to be done at the time of sunrise. 
 The regular practice of Sun Salutations is said to improve circulation of blood throughout the body, maintains health, and helps one remain disease-free. 
 There are numerous benefits of Sun Salutations for the heart, liver, intestine, stomach, chest, throat, legs. From head to toe, every part of the body is greatly benefitted by Sun Salutations, which is why they are highly recommended by all yoga experts.
 It is said that Surya Namaskara can do what months of dieting cannot. Hence, it’s a blessing for health-conscious women as it not only help lose extra calories, but it offers an easy and inexpensive way to be in proper shape by stretching the abdominal muscles naturally. 
 Some of the Sun Salutation poses help lose extra fat on belly by stimulating sluggish glands like the thyroid gland (which has a big effect on your weight) to increase hormonal secretions. 
 Regularly practicing Surya Namaskara can regulate irregular menstrual cycles among women and also ensure an easy childbirth. Last but not the least; it helps in bringing back the glow on your face, preventing onset of wrinkles and making it ageless and radiant.

So there you have it, in my opinion Sun Salutations are the best all round exercise ever invented.

If you would like to learn more about all aspects of yoga, breathing and meditation to improve all aspects of your life, by showing love and compassion to yourself and others, why not go to the FloVibe Festival on June 2–4th where music festival meets yoga retreat.

A weekend to dip into yoga, dance, pilates, talks, workshops, live music, DJs, lakeside revelry and treatments in the woods a little over 2 weeks away at the Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northampton, Northants, NN6 9LX

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